Demands grow for investigation of Republicans who gave 'reconnaissance' tours to Capitol rioters

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Accusing unnamed pro-Trump Republican colleagues of giving "reconnaissance" tours to some of the right-wing rioters who took part in the deadly January 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Mikie Sherrill on Wednesday led House Democrats in demanding a probe of GOP lawmakers' actions. In a letter t...
Accusing unnamed pro-Trump Republican colleagues of giving "reconnaissance" tours to some of the right-wing rioters who took part in the deadly January 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Mikie Sherrill on Wednesday led House Democrats in demanding a probe of GOP lawmakers' actions.

In a letter to the head of the Capitol Police and the sergeants-at-arms for the House and Senate, Sherrill (D-N.J.) requested an "immediate investigation into the suspicious behavior and access given to visitors to the Capitol" on the day before it was stormed.

"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," Sherrill wrote. "This is unusual for several reasons, including the fact that access to the Capitol... has been restricted since public tours ended in March of last year due to the pandemic."

"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 added. "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... was indeed…
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