34 House Democrats call for investigation into Jan. 5 tours by fellow members ahead of Capitol attack

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Mikie Sherrill and 33 other House members want an investigation into access given by fellow House lawmakers to visitors to the Capitol on Jan. 5 before the violent attacks on Congress the next day. The New Jersey Democrat alleged Tuesday night that members of Congress led guests
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WASHINGTON — Rep. Mikie Sherrill and 33 other House members want an investigation into access given by fellow House lawmakers to visitors to the Capitol on Jan. 5 before the violent attacks on Congress the next day.

The New Jersey Democrat alleged Tuesday night that members of Congress led guests on what she described as "reconnaissance" ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

A letter issued Wednesday asks the acting House sergeant-at-arms, acting Senate sergeant-at-arms and United States Capitol Police to investigate "suspicious behavior" on Jan. 5 and changes to visitor access.

"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," Sherrill wrote.

The New Jersey Democrat and former Navy pilot first made public her concerns about House members preparing rioters for their siege of the Capitol in a video on Facebook on Tuesday night.

The letter notes that she and other signatories, including former CIA officer Abigail Spanberger, have served in military and intelligence roles and are trained to recognize suspicious activity.

"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…
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