Pressley's chief of staff said her office's panic buttons 'had been torn out' before Capitol riot | TheHill

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley's (D-Mass.) chief of staff, Sarah Groh, said in a recent interview that pani...
Rep. Ayanna Pressley Ayanna PressleyDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE's (D-Mass.) chief of staff, Sarah Groh, said in a recent interview that panic buttons she had previously used in the congresswoman's office had been taken out before the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Groh revealed the information in a new interview with The Boston Globe published Wednesday, in which she recounted her experience the day of the riot.

Groh said that she, Pressley and her husband, Conan Harris, had arrived at Capitol Hill early that day after the House sergeant-at-arms urged lawmakers to do so to avoid large crowds as hundreds of the president's supporters had flocked to D.C. to oppose the November election results.

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"I was deeply concerned. It felt like the heat was being turned up in terms of the rhetoric and Trump's aims to incite violence," she told the Globe.

It wasn't long after, however, that a pro-Trump mob overtook the U.S. Capitol as Congress was gearing up to certify votes by the Electoral College that affirmed his defeat in the presidential race.

Around that time, Groh said, she discovered the office's panic buttons had…
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