Capital Police said Friday it was investigating allegations by Democratic members of Congress that Republicans had toured the Capitol of supporters of President Donald Trump the day before the pro-Trump riots there.
Representative Mikie Sherrill, DN.J. she had said Tuesday that on Jan. 5, she had seen “members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol … intelligence for the next day.”
Cheryl promised to hold accountable “those members of Congress who incited this violent mob, those members of Congress who tried to help our president undermine our democracy.”
She said the tours were extremely unusual, both because of the weather just before the invasion of Congress halls and because of the restrictions on Covid-1
In a letter Wednesday, Cheryl and more than 30 other Democrats in Congress asked Capitol police and acting sergeants in both the House and Senate to investigate “suspicious behavior and access granted to visitors to the Capitol complex” on Jan. 5. .
Capitol police spokeswoman Eva Maleki told NBC News on Friday, “that she is under investigation.”
The January 6 riot prompted members of Congress, along with Vice President Mike Pence, to flee ongoing proceedings in the Senate and House of Representatives to seek safety in safe places as a horde of Trump supporters raged through the complex.
Five people were killed in the riot, including Capitol police officer Brian Siknik, who was killed by members of the mob.
Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, on Friday warned of possible criminal prosecution if a member of Congress is found to have incited the rebels.
“When we talk about security, we have to talk about truth and trust,” Pelosi told a news conference.
“To serve here with each other, we have to trust that people have respect for their oath, respect for this institution,” she said.
“If, in fact, it is established that members of Congress were complicit in this uprising, if they aided and abetted the crime, action may need to be taken outside Congress to prosecute it,” the speaker said.
The violence at the Capitol began after Trump spoke with supporters during an Ellipse rally in front of the White House and urged them to head to the Capitol to protest ongoing proceedings there to confirm Joe Biden’s election as president.
Trump was impeached by the House on Tuesday to incite the riot
A spokesman for Eric Suwellwell, a California Democrat, tweeted that Republican Pete Sessions, a Republican from Texas, had “met terrorists who attacked the Capitol and killed an officer. He told them to ‘keep fighting.’ “
Swalwell added that “Sessions deleted this tweet out of guilt.” But Swalwell included an image of Sessions’ January 3 tweet, which read: “I had a great meeting today with people from Stop the Steal in our country’s Capitol.”
“I encouraged them to keep fighting and assured them that I look forward to fulfilling MY duty on January 6,” Sessions wrote.
Sessions deleted this tweet on January 7, the day after the riot.
A Sessions spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
The revolt interrupted confirmation through a joint congressional meeting of Biden’s victory at Electoral College.
After proceedings resumed on the evening of Jan. 6, Sessions joined more than 100 Republicans in the House to vote against accepting Biden’s victories in Arizona and Pennsylvania.