Report: GOP Lawmakers Provided ‘Reconnaissance’ Tours To Suspected Terrorists

Report: GOP Lawmakers Provided ‘Reconnaissance’ Tours To Suspected Terrorists January 13, 2021

Lock Them Up: Evidence suggests Republican members of Congress conspired with the terrorists who invaded the U.S. Capitol by providing detailed “reconnaissance” tours of the Capitol the day before the terrorists attacked.

The Washington Post reports:

In a remarkable charge, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) said on a live chat that on the day before the mob assault on our seat of government, she witnessed “members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol” for “reconnaissance.”

This extraordinary claim, seemingly made in passing on Tuesday night, went viral in a big way, since it seemed to suggest that Republican members of Congress might have somehow conspired with groups that invaded the Capitol, causing mayhem and death.

The Hill reports:

A coalition of more than 30 House Democrats is calling for an investigation into “suspicious” Capitol tours that took place the day before last Wednesday’s deadly attack from a mob of Trump supporters.

The coalition led by Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) sent a letter to acting House Sergeant-At-Arms Timothy Bodgett, acting Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Jennifer Hemmingway, and acting Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman requesting an “immediate investigation into the suspicious behavior and access given to visitors to the Capitol Complex on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 — the day before the attacks on the Capitol.”

The letter, signed by more than 30 House Democrats, states:

Many of the Members who signed this letter, including those of us who have served in the military and are trained to recognize suspicious activity, as well as various members of our staff, witnessed an extremely high number of outside groups in the complex on Tuesday, January 5. This is unusual for several reasons, including the fact that access to the Capitol Complex has been restricted since public tours ended in March of last year due to the pandemic.

The tours being conducted on Tuesday, January 5, were a noticeable and concerning departure from the procedures in place as of March 2020 that limited the number of visitors to the Capitol. These tours were so concerning that they were reported to the Sergeant at Arms on 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. That group left the White House and marched to the Capitol with the objective of preventing Congress from certifying our election. 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. Given the events of January 6, the ties between these groups inside the Capitol Complex and the attacks on the Capitol need to be investigated.

It is important that we feel safe in the halls of Congress, and we applaud the Sergeant at Arms (SAA) and US Capitol Police (USCP) for their efforts. But the fact remains that there were unusually large groups of people throughout the Capitol who could only have gained access to the Capitol Complex from a Member of Congress or a member of their staff.

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Bottom line:  Evidence suggests Republican members of Congress conspired with the terrorists who invaded the U.S. Capitol by providing “reconnaissance” tours of the Capitol the day before the terrorists attacked.

Report: GOP Lawmakers Provided ‘Reconnaissance’ Tours To Suspected Terrorists (Image via Twitter)
Report: GOP Lawmakers Provided ‘Reconnaissance’ Tours To Suspected Terrorists (Image via Twitter)
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