Thirty-Plus Lawmakers Demand Probe into ‘Reconnaissance’ Tours of Capitol on Jan. 5
The story of January 6th is growing by the hour.
Investigators are working around the clock to unravel the complex web of individuals and organizations that may have been responsible for the storming of the US Capitol on January 6th, and what they are discovering paints a grim and worrisome picture.
Originally believed to be a spontaneous and emotional event, the siege on the Capitol is beginning to look like a planned event to investigators, including those in the FBI and DOJ who’ve already opened nearly 200 case files on the event.
On Thursday, 8 days after the incident, news broke that panic buttons were mysteriously removed from some of the offices in the Capitol, one of which belongs to a member of the ultra-liberal “Squad”.
And then there were the reports that some Republican members of Congress had given tours of the Capitol to the future trespassers on January 5th – just 24 hours before the chaos began.
It’s that last concern that has lawmakers demanding action.
More than 30 Democratic members of Congress are calling for an investigation into what they believe were suspicious tours of the U.S. Capitol, alleging that the visitors to the Capitol Complex on Tuesday appeared to be “associated” with the Wednesday rally ahead of the breach of the Capitol building.
NewsNation affiliate PIX11 reports Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) in a Facebook Live Tuesday night alleged unidentified colleagues had groups walking around the Capitol in “reconnaissance for the next day.”
On Wednesday, Sherrill, along with more than 30 other lawmakers, formally requested an investigation from the Acting House Sergeant at Arms, the Acting Senate Sergeant at Arms, and the Acting Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police into what they called “suspicious behavior and access given to visitors to the Capitol Complex” on Tuesday, the day before the Complex was breached as Congress certified the Electoral College vote for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
According to the letter, tweeted by Sherrill Wednesday afternoon, she and other lawmakers noticed tours conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 5, that were “a noticeable and concerning departure from the procedures in place as of March 2020 that limited the number of visitors to the Capitol.” The letter continues to say the tours were “so concerning” they were reported to the Sergeant at Arms that Tuesday.
Several members of the Capitol Police force are currently under investigation for their possibles roles in the mayhem, and the FBI is still sitting on a mountain of digital evidence.
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