Could the pro-Trump protesters who stormed the Capitol and rioted once inside have been given inside information by Republican members of Congress? It certainly sounds like they were.
On Wednesday, 30 House Democrats wrote a letter that requests a formal investigation of some Republicans providing tours of the Capitol complex just 24 hours before the rioting began.
The letter reads in part:
“Many of the Members who signed this letter … witnessed an extremely high number of outside groups in the complex on Tuesday, January 5.
“The visitors encountered by some of the Members of Congress on this letter appeared to be associated with the rally at the White House the following day. Members of the group that attacked the Capitol seemed to have an unusually detailed knowledge of the layout of the Capitol Complex. The presence of these groups within the Capitol Complex was indeed suspicious.”
Rep. Mickie Sherrill (D-NJ) is one of the members of Congress who says she saw what she called “reconnaissance” tours being given by House Republicans:
“Sherrill made the startling claim in a Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday night as she accused Republicans of inciting the pro-Trump mob that vandalized the Capitol and attacked police officers.
“Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot, described seeing ‘members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 for reconnaissance for the next day.’
“’I’m going to see that they’re held accountable,’ Sherrill added.”
Sherill also made it clear that she holds President Donald Trump to blame for inciting the crowds that later stormed the Capitol:
Every person who supported sedition and domestic terrorism in any way whatsoever needs to be charged. And if they’re a member of Congress, they should also lose their elected office. Sedition and murder can never be condoned. They must be met with steely resolve.