Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor, has shared documents and agreed to an interview with the January 6 Select Committee, according to a report in POLITICO.
Mastriano submitted documents about his involvement in arranging buses to transport pro-Trump protestors to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
The documents that were submitted are largely social media posts. Why? When the select committee subpoenaed Mastriano, it stated that he did not need to include materials related to official actions as the state senator from the 33rd District, covering Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York Counties.
The select committee now finds itself in a bind as it determines whether to accept what Mastriano has submitted or to fight for more?
Timothy C. Parlatore, an attorney for Mastriano, stated that he has turned over everything that the committee has requested.
“Sen. Mastriano has nothing to hide and has provided all responsive documents and will be sitting for a voluntary interview as the committee has agreed to forego a formal deposition for him,” he said.
Mastriano’s campaign committee – Friends of Doug Mastriano – paid $3,354 to Wolf Bus Lines of York Springs, Pa., in late December, 2020 to reserve buses. An additional $709.72 was paid out to BJ Brink of Shippensburg, Pa., on Feb. 4, 2021, for food and supplies, while another $225 was allocated to Wolf for bus trip parking fees the following week.
The same week the December payments were made, Mastriano posted an event on Facebook offering bus rides to D.C. on Jan. 6 — charging attendees $25 dollars for an adult and $10 for children – according to a report from WHYY. That post is no longer available.
For his part, Mastriano admits being in Washington, D.C., that day for the speeches but left the area prior to the insurrection.
WHYY reported that at least 10 GOP county-level chapters encouraged or facilitated trips to the capitol.
Mastriano was not the only Pennsylvania GOP official linked to orchestrating travel to D.C. last week. A review of dozens of social media pages and event listings show that at least 10 county-level GOP chapters encouraged or directly facilitated trips to the capitol.
One, the Cumberland County GOP, sponsored two busloads of protestors, stating “These concerned citizens rallied for election reform, in hopes of encouraging our elected officials to investigate fraud and change the law accordingly.”