Trump loyalists who planned the January 6 rally that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol building used “burner phones” to communicate with campaign and administration officials in the lead-up to the attack, according to sources speaking with Rolling Stone.
Kylie Kremer, a top official in the March for Trump group that helped plan the rally, told her aides to purchase the burner phones using cash rather than debit or credit cards — suggesting that the rally’s organizers wanted to keep their communications as secretive as possible.
Burner phones are prepaid, cheap cell phones that can be destroyed at any time. They are difficult to trace, particularly if they have been paid for with cash. Also, they are often used to ensure maximum privacy.
Kremer told her aides that the phones — and the need for their purchase to be undetected— were “of the utmost importance.” The three sources speaking to Rolling Stone said that Kremer used one of the phones to communicate with Trump allies and family members, including his son, Eric Trump; Laura Trump, Eric’s wife and Trump’s campaign consultant; Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff; and Katrina Pierson, another consultant for the campaign.
A second phone was given to Kremer’s mother, Amy Kremer, who also helped organize the rally. It’s unknown who was given the third burner phone.
“They were planning all kinds of stuff, marches and rallies. Any conversation she had with the White House or Trump family took place on those phones,” one of the sources told the magazine.
This new information will likely be examined by the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack, which has been looking into efforts by Trump and his allies to “subvert the rule of law, overturn the results of the November 3, 2020 election, or otherwise impede the peaceful transfer of power.”
Amy and Kylie Kremer run Women for America First, a pro Trump organization. The commission has already subpoenaed them to produce documents and testify about their involvement with Trump’s campaign in the days before the attack.
“The investigation has revealed credible evidence of your involvement in events within the scope of the Select Committee’s inquiry,” the subpoena letter from the commission to Kylie Kremer said.
Leaked texts from the Kremers — not from the burner phones but in the days leading up to January 6 — reveal that they were in direct talks with Trump administration officials regarding the rally that happened in front of the White House hours before a mob of Trump loyalists attacked Congress.
“We are following POTUS’ lead,” read one text from Kylie Kremer.