OnPolitics: Congress subpoenas mother-daughter duo behind Jan. 6 rally.

Amy Nakamura
USA TODAY
In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo Amy Kremer, chairwoman of Women for America First, speaks in Washington, at a rally in support of President Donald Trump.

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This mother-daughter duo planned the Jan. 6 rally. Now, Congress wants them to testify.

The morning after the 2020 presidential election, the mother-daughter duo of Amy and Kylie Jane Kremer formed a viral Facebook group urging "boots on the ground" to thwart an alleged effort to steal the election from Donald Trump.

Their efforts culminated in Washington on Jan. 6 when the Kremers’ Women for America First Save America rally became a prelude for the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Now, the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack has subpoenaed the Kremers to give sworn testimony in depositions on Friday. What they say could help Congress understand how much organizers knew about impending violence and who funded the group's post-election events that helped to amplify Trump's false claims of election fraud.

Who are Amy and Kylie Jane Kremer? Amy Kremer helped found the Tea Party movement over a decade ago. Kylie Jane Kremer is Amy’s daughter. She interned for her mother’s organization and helped with social media for the bus-touring group Tea Party Express. She was the ‘person in charge’ of the Jan. 6 rally

Together they run Women for America First, a dark money group that doesn’t have to disclose donors and can spend almost half of its money on politics. The group put on the Jan. 6 rally where Trump and his allies spoke.

What does Congress hope to find out? In conversations with five members of the House Select committee, lawmakers said they want to know about any premeditated plans for violence at the Capitol and how dark money flowed to pay for the rally and to encourage people to show up in Washington. The lawmakers declined to give specifics on what questions they planned to ask the Kremers.  

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A QAnon conspiracy theory about election fraud is becoming a pro-Trump push for traceable ballots

Pro-Trump contenders who maintain the 2020 presidential contest was "rigged" against the former president are shifting their focus to new election and ballot security measures anchored by online conspiracy theories.

One of the right's emerging favorites is traceable ballots, a combination of printed security paper and digital tracking that would allow a person to look up their ballots after being cast.

An "America First" coalition of secretaries of state candidates backed by former President Donald Trump are among those calling for election officials to adopt those traceable, watermarked ballots as a remedy to fraudulent or illegal voting – even in the absence of proof of widespread voter fraud.

A PIN for your ballot: Most states allow voters to track their mail-in or absentee ballot similar to a package delivery. That was one thing Democratic and Republican election officials touted to help build confidence in mail-in ballots as COVID-19 forced voting procedural changes last year. 

But what deeply conservative candidates aligned with Trump want is different. They are calling for a system that allows individuals to ferret out their individual ballot after it is scanned to verify it was counted correctly.

Red flags: Charlie Booner, a spokesman for Move Texas, a voting rights advocacy group, said the potential of making people's private voting data public would be a red flag.

"The privacy and the secrecy of the ballot is critical," he said. "This is not something that is coming from elections experts or cybersecurity experts, who frankly are the people that we need to be turning towards in this moment."

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