GOP lawmakers are firing back at charges that they conducted a “sensing-up tour” of the Capitol a day before Jan. 6

Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk (Ga.) on Thursday firmly dismissed allegations that he conducted a “senting-up tour” of the United States Capitol the day before the Jan. 6 riots.

What are the allegations?

House Committee is investigating January 6th sent Loudermilk a letter On Thursday, he asked him to submit to questioning about a tour he “led through parts of the Capitol complex on January 5, 2021.”

democratic legislators, particularly Rep. Mikie Sherrill (DN.J.), have claimed some Republican lawmakers conducted “reconnaissance tours” of the Capitol complex before the riots. republican have denied the allegationswhich calls for the public release of surveillance footage.”

The committee’s letter to Loudermilk referred to comments from an anonymous adviser said The Hill, who said of the surveillance footage, “There were no guides, no big groups, nobody in MAGA hats.” The letter incorrectly attributed the remarks to “Republicans on the Household Administration Committee.”

Despite the misattribution, the letter claimed that the evidence “directly contradicts this denial.” Again, the rejection cited by the House Inquiry Committee Jan. 6 did not come from Loudermilk or any other Republican lawmaker, but was attributed to an anonymous “House Representative.”

The letter sparked a viral tweet that claimed without any evidence that “video evidence” showed January 6 was an “inside job.”

“BREAKING: The January 6th committee has video evidence of Capitol tours on January 5th, 2021. They sheathed the joint – it was an inside job, just as we suspected,” attorney Tristan Snell tweeted. “To be clear, it has long been evident that such evidence exists. There’s surveillance cameras all over the Capitol. But today we got our first lead that the January 6 Committee has this evidence.”

What did Loudermilk say?

All milk released a joint statement with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) fighting back allegations of “reconnaissance” tours.

Importantly, the letter the House Inquiry Committee sent to Loudermilk Jan. 6 does not accuse him of conducting tours of the Capitol itself. Rather, the letter simply states “parts of the Capitol complex.” This could include, for example, the Rayburn House Office Building, which houses Loudermilk’s Bureau of Conventions.

Loudermilk and Davis wrote:

A constituent family with young children meeting with their congressman in the House office buildings is not a suspect group or “reconnaissance.” The family never entered the Capitol.

Political Circus 1/6 released the letter to the press before even notifying Mr. Loudermilk, who has still not received a copy. The special committee is again promoting a proven false narrative that Republicans conducted “reconnaissance tours” on January 5th. The facts speak for themselves; No place the family visited on the 5th was broken into on the 6th, the family did not enter the Capitol grounds on the 6th, and no one in that family was investigated or charged in connection with January 6th.

Republican lawmakers also reiterated their demand for the surveillance footage to be released.

It is true that the Capitol complex was closed to public tours in January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as a politico written down“Legislators and staff were bringing guests into the complex under the guise of ‘official business’ anyway.”

All milk has filed an ethics complaint against Democratic lawmakers over their allegations. GOP lawmakers are firing back at charges that they conducted a “sensing-up tour” of the Capitol a day before Jan. 6

Laura Coffey

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