Some House Democrats Have 'Real Concern' GOP Colleagues May Have Aided Capitol Attack

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A growing number of House Dems are calling for an investigation into whether their GOP colleagues aided Trump's supporters during the Capitol riot.
WASHINGTON — A growing number of House Democrats are calling for an investigation into whether their Republican colleagues aided President Trump's supporters who violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to overturn the results of last year's election.

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., told Yahoo News that many of his Democratic colleagues are discussing the possibility Republican House members played a role in the attacks.

"I would hope no member did this, but the truth is there are more questions than answers; what kind of communications did people have with members? Did members give them a heads up about certain things like which entrances to use or other intelligence before or during the attack?" Richmond asked, adding, "That's a real concern and I've heard many people talk about that."

Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-N.Y., a freshman member of Congress, told Yahoo News he wants to see an investigation into the role his Republican colleagues might have played in the attacks.

"Many of my colleagues and I feel strongly that Donald Trump's most egregious enablers in Congress should be investigated for their complicity in the insurrection against the United States," Torres said.

Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol following a rally the president held on the National Mall. During a speech to the crowd, Trump reiterated his false claim that his election loss to President-elect Joe Biden was fraudulent.

POOL New / reuters Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) attends the ceremony for Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., U.S. July 27, 2020. Michael A. McCoy/Pool via REUTERS

Trump also urged the crowd to "fight like hell" and indicated he knew they planned to march on to the Capitol, where lawmakers were certifying Biden's victory. The subsequent riots briefly stopped the electoral certification. Five deaths have been linked to the violence, including that of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who was reportedly…
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