On Monday, the head of the United States Capitol Police refuted assertions made by the January 6 committee.
The assertion was that a Republican congressman led agitators on a recon mission before the riots. These claims suggest protesters sought a place to stage their demonstrations.
The panel alleged that Representative Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) led a group of demonstrators through the Capitol building the day before; advocates of then-President Donald Trump had gone on a rampage and stormed the building.
However, Chief of Capitol, Police J. Thomas Manger, said in a statement sent to a Republican congressman and acquired by Just the News that there was not any evidence to corroborate the accusation.
“We do not regard any of the operations we observed as suspicious. We instruct our officers to be on the lookout for anybody performing surveillance or reconnaissance.”
Last month, Representatives Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) asked Representative Loudermilk to explain why he gave citizens a tour, implying he was leading a scouting mission.
The January 6 committee suggested GOP Rep Loudermilk had led rioters on a 'reconnaissance' tour before the Capitol riot. Now, Capitol police debunk theory. https://t.co/j8Zky2wcr1 and https://t.co/Fvw54XLki8
— Byron York (@ByronYork) June 14, 2022
“Based on our examination of the evidence in the custody of the select committee, we think you have details concerning a tour you led through sections of the Capitol complex on January 5, 2021,” Cheney and Thompson stated.
“We believe this because the select committee possesses the evidence.”
The information presented here prompts a number of questions, each of which requires an answer from the select committee.
Do public reporting and witness reports show specific individuals and groups have been engaged in efforts to obtain knowledge about the layout of the United States Capitol, as well as the House and Senate office buildings, prior to January 6, 2021?
Apology and Ethical Practice
Earlier, Democratic Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, who previously worked as a federal prosecutor, asserted Republican lawmakers gave tours a day before the protests.
He said Republicans engaged in questionable activities, which provided future rioters with an abnormally thorough knowledge of the floorplan of the Capitol Complex.
According to what Manger wrote, however, Loudermilk’s group of 12 to 15 people did not enter the Capitol building and instead just attended an exhibition in the Rayburn House Office building.
What legislation is this committee investigating? None, it is a historical fiction story based on edited and incomplete evidence. It is a joke purely for political reasons.
— jeff sember (@SemberJeff) June 14, 2022
According to Manger, “at no point in time did the group materialize in any passageways that would have carried them to the United States Capitol.”
“In addition, United States Capitol Police personnel were stationed in the tunnels leading to the United States Capitol. Beginning on January 5, 2021, admission to the United States Capitol without the company of a member of Congress was prohibited.”
Davis sought an apology from Johnson, Cheney, and Sherrill; he also demanded an investigation into Sherrill’s ethical practices.
Davis stated on the television show “Just the News, Not Noise” that Democrats “ought to be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done.”