Councilman Nathan Martin

Shelby Councilman Nathan Martin speaks during a meeting in 2018. (Richland Source file photo)

SHELBY -- A Shelby City councilman has been subpoenaed by the House of Representatives committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol earlier this year.

Nathan Martin has been subpoenaed to appear for a deposition on Oct. 28, according to the written subpoena released Thursday by the The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

Martin was subpoenaed due to his alleged affiliation with “Stop the Steal,” a right-wing group connected to at least two rallies that took place on or near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to documents provided to the Select Committee, an organization named “One Nation Under God” submitted a permit application on Dec. 21, 2020 to the U.S. Capitol Police for a rally concerning “the election fraud in the swing states.” The rally was to be held on the U.S. Capitol Grounds on Jan. 6, 2021.

Martin’s phone number and email address were listed among the organization’s contact information. The mailing address listed belongs to right-wing activist Ali Abdul Akbar (also known as Ali Alexander), the leader of Stop the Steal (STS).

The Select Committee states that STS advertised the Capitol rally event and sought donations to offset expenses on two of its websites. However, the permit application did not disclose any connection between Stop the Steal and the Capitol rally event.

Martin told Richland Source he has “no comment at this time,” but the U.S. Army veteran did speak of his intentions during a previous interview on Jan. 8.

The 39-year-old conservative Republican, who said he went to the "Save America" rally to demonstrate for election reform, condemned those who stormed the halls of Congress, a riot that has now left five dead.

He said that he went to the Capitol grounds on the afternoon of Jan. 6, but never entered the building.

"I, and many others are concerned about the integrity of our elections ... about voter fraud ... about election reform,” Martin said. “All of us should want to know our vote counts and is not washed away by fraud.”

Notes from a Capitol police official obtained by BuzzFeed News show that U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) noted the connection prior to Jan. 6.

“One Nation Under God is not an organization and does not maintain social media accounts or webpages per the spokesperson,” the officer wrote in an intelligence assessment.

“It appears that the Stop the Steal and the One Nation Under God is one in the same due to the similarities and affiliation with Ali Alexander.”

According to Martin’s subpoena, a USCP official spoke to Martin by telephone around Dec. 28, 2020. Martin “claimed not to have any information about the rally” and directed the official to speak with a vendor whose information was also listed on the permit application.

According to the notes from a Capitol police officer, the vendor was “shocked” to learn this because he was in “daily communication” with Martin about the event. He identified both Alexander and Martin as affiliated with STS.

The vendor also told the officer that while Martin didn’t appear to have an official title with STS, he dealt with daily operations including hotel bookings and car rentals.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Martin acknowledged his affiliation with the two groups, but said he had not seen the permit and could not explain why his information was on it.

Mayor Steve Schag of Shelby said he would wait to see how things unfold before drawing conclusions. 

“We were informed by Councilman Martin that he was present that day,” Schag said. “In all my years of serving with Councilman Martin, I’ve never had any reason to doubt his integrity or love of our country.”

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Staff reporter focused on education and features. Clear Fork alumna. Always looking for a chance to practice my Spanish. You can reach me at katie.ellington@richlandsource.com