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Republicans Accused of Giving Capitol Tours to Rioters

“Those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5, a reconnaissance for the next day, those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd,” Ms. Sherrill stated, “those members who attempted to help our president undermine our democracy, I’m going to see that they’re held accountable.”

On Wednesday, about 30 lawmakers joined Ms. Sherrill in requesting an investigation from the performing House and Senate sergeants-at-arms and the Capitol Police into what Ms. Sherrill known as “suspicious behavior” and entry given to guests to the Capitol complicated the day earlier than the riot.

“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,” the lawmakers wrote. They known as the visits suspicious, noting that excursions have been restricted as a result of of the coronavirus pandemic.

Representative Tim Ryan, Democrat of Ohio, stated lawmakers have been conscious of the excursions however at the moment are taking a look at them in a brand new mild given the assault. He stated they included “handfuls” of folks and that the authorities have been conscious of them. “Now you look back on certain things and you look at them differently so, yeah, we’re looking into it,” he stated.

Mr. Crow stated he was conscious of excursions however unsure about their nature.

Pressure is mounting on the Republican members of Congress who related themselves with far-right extremist teams within the days main up to the mob assault. Several of Mr. Trump’s most ardent supporters, together with Representatives Mo Brooks of Alabama and Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs, each of Arizona, have been accused of serving to plan the Jan. 6 rally that led to the violent assault on the Capitol.

A photograph additionally circulated misleadingly on-line on Wednesday that purported to implicate Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado in giving such a tour, however it was from 2019 in Colorado.

Mr. Crow stated he discovered the {photograph} regarding nonetheless as a result of others in it flashed “white power gang symbols.”