Two videos show a man wearing goggles and clothing identical to that of Minuta inside the Capitol during the riots.
Someone who answered the phone at Minuta’s tattoo shop declined to comment to CNN and hung up. Minuta’s wife told ABC News that Minuta had not entered the Capitol, but she confirmed he was “another patriot” outside the building “standing up for freedom.” Minuta has not been charged with a crime.
Minuta has previously received support from the leader of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes.
Stone did not respond to CNN’s request for comment about Minuta but has said on Telegram that he had nothing to do with the Capitol riot because he wasn’t there and knew nothing about it in advance. Sidney Powell, an attorney for Flynn, whose appearance close to Minuta in Washington was previously reported by the Daily Beast, said Flynn does not know Minuta and “could not pick him out of a lineup.”
Rhodes did not respond to CNN’s questions about Minuta.
“It’s deeply troubling that a group which already has some conspiracy indictments for what happened at the Capitol was also pulling security for Roger Stone just that morning,” said John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab who has worked with others to identify individuals who participated in the Capitol riots.
Scott-Railton said he believes there’s more to learn about the scope of Oath Keepers members’ activity surrounding the Capitol incidents.
The videos of Minuta were first analyzed by volunteers including Scott-Railton and a research group called the Capitol Terrorists Exposers.
“I’ve been watching the erosion of our rights on so many different levels that at what point do you draw that line in the sand, you know?” he said.
CNN’s Ben Naughton contributed to this report.