GOP lawmakers gave excursions to Trump supporters previous to the riot, Capitol Police investigated allegations
Supporters of US President Donald Trump wave Trump flags and Confederate battle flags as they demonstrate on January 6, 2021 in Washington, USA, on the second floor of the US Capitol near the entrance to the Senate, after breaching security .
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Capitol Police said Friday that they are investigating allegations by Democratic Congressmen that Republican lawmakers offered tours of the Capitol to supporters of President Donald Trump the day before a pro-Trump mob riot.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill, DN.J. had said Tuesday that on January 5th she “saw members of Congress having groups passing through the Capitol … a clearing for the next day.”
Sherrill vowed to “hold accountable those Congressmen who incited this violent crowd, those Congressmen who tried to help our President undermine our democracy”.
She has said tours were highly unusual both because of the timing just before they marched into the convention halls and because of the Covid-19 restrictions that are restricting public access to convention buildings.
On Wednesday, Sherrill and more than 30 other Democrats in Congress sent a letter to the Capitol Police and acting NCOs in both the House and Senate to investigate “suspicious behavior and access of visitors to the Capitol Complex” on Jan. 5.
Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki told NBC News Friday, “It is under investigation.”
The January 6 riot caused members of Congress, along with Vice President Mike Pence, to flee ongoing Senate and House trials to seek safety in safe places while a horde of Trump supporters raged through the complex.
Five people died in the riot, including a Capitol cop, Brian Sicknick, who was killed by members of the mob.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, warned on Friday of possible criminal prosecutions if a member of Congress is found to have aided the rioters.
“When we talk about security, we have to talk about truth and trust,” Pelosi said at a press conference.
“To serve one another here, we have to trust that people will respect their oath of office and this institution,” she said.
“If members of Congress do indeed turn out to be accomplices in this uprising, if they supported and aided the crime, action beyond Congress may need to be taken to prosecute it,” the spokesman said.
The violence at the Capitol complex began after Trump spoke to supporters during a rally on the Ellipse outside the White House, urging them to march to the Capitol to confirm Joe Biden’s election as president, in protest of ongoing proceedings.
Trump was charged by the House on Tuesday for inciting a riot.
California Democrat Eric Swalwell tweeted a claim Monday that Republican Republican Pete Sessions “met with terrorists who attacked the Capitol and killed an officer. He told them to keep fighting.” You listened. “
U.S. Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) speaks to media representatives as he arrives for a Republican conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 7, 2018.
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Swalwell added, “Out of a sense of guilt, Sessions deleted this tweet.” But Swalwell included a picture of the now-deleted Sessions tweet on Jan. 3 that said, “Had a great meetup with people from Stop the Steal at our nation’s Capitol today.”
“I encouraged them to keep fighting and assured them that I look forward to doing MY duty on January 6th,” Sessions wrote.
Sessions deleted this tweet on January 7th, one day after the uprising.
A Sessions spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
The uprising interrupted confirmation of von Biden’s victory in the electoral college by a joint session of Congress.
After the trial resumed on the evening of January 6th, sessions with more than 100 Republicans in the House of Representatives voted against accepting Biden’s victories in Arizona and Pennsylvania.