A few days after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building, Democrats began making allegations that they ‘saw’ Republican lawmakers giving what they described as “reconnaissance tours” in the days preceding the incident.
The allegations were led by Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.), who took to Facebook to air them and to say she planned to hold them, and then-President Donald Trump, accountable.
“I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him, those members of Congress who had groups coming through the capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 for reconnaissance for the next day. Those members of Congress who incited the violent crowd. Those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy, I’m going see that they’re held accountable,” she said.
Her accusations sounded a lot like political BS at the time and, it turns out two months later, they were.
Fox News reports:
It’s been two months since several House Democrats accused unnamed Republican colleagues of aiding Jan. 6 rioters by providing them with reconnaissance tours of the U.S. Capitol before the chaos – but no proof has come to light yet to back up those claims.
Fox News, however, has learned that federal prosecutors are still “requesting video” from Capitol authorities in an effort to ascertain if certain members gave tours leading up to the riot, according to a source familiar with the inquiries.
The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia is still actively investigating allegations that members gave Capitol tours to rioters on Jan. 5. and other days leading up to the now infamous Capitol riots, according to a well-placed source familiar with the ask. Fox News is told they have asked Capitol law enforcement officials for additional video in recent weeks.
Not only are Republicans outraged, but they are pushing back against Democrats’ “dangerous” claims.
“There was never any name. There was never anyone who anyone saw do something to have the charge of basically running reconnaissance tours leveled against them,” House Administration Committee ranking member Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., told Fox News.
“I think it’s part of the problem we have around here, that there will be accusations leveled and the media discusses those accusations but we don’t ask the simple question – who are they talking about? We can’t speculate because that’s a very dangerous place for anyone to be,” he added.
Of course, Sherrill isn’t the only Democrat or Democrat sympathizer making the unsubstantiated claim. Late last month, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, chairman of the House subcommittee with oversight authority over the Capitol Police, told reporters the issue was “in the hands of the U.S. Attorney here in DC…They are reviewing the footage.”
Led by Sherrill, 34 Democrats have asked the Capitol Police and the acting sergeants-at-arms for the House and Senate to investigate.
“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,” they wrote in a letter. “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.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has even suggested that Republicans could face criminal charges if they assisted rioters in any way (preposterous on its face).
Fox News said the letter did not contain any specifics about which GOP lawmaker(s) are under suspicion or why any behavior is being considered by Democrats as some form of “reconnaissance.”