New Jersey Rep. Says Congress Members Gave Tour Of Capitol Building For ‘Reconnaissance’ Day Before Attack
Sherrill also vowed to hold President Donald Trump accountable for fueling baseless accusations about election fraud.
January 14, 2021 at 7:47 pm
In the latest allegations against Congress members who were suspected of conspiring with rioters during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, New Jersey Rep. Mikie Sherrill said some lawmakers were leading groups around the building for “reconnaissance” a day before the attack. Revealing the accusations in a Facebook Live video on Tuesday, Sherrill said she witnessed the alleged tours.
"Those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5, a reconnaissance for the next day -- those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd, those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy, I'm going to see that they're held accountable," Sherrill said.
Sherrill also vowed to hold President Donald Trump accountable for fueling baseless accusations about election fraud and enabling his supporters to carry out the attack.
"Donald John Trump engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors by inciting violence against the government of the United States," she said, adding she will make sure the Trump is "removed, never runs for office again and doesn't have access to classified material."
Recalling the chilling details of the chaos, Sherrill said she learned from messages on her phone that Vice President Mike Pence had been escorted to safety while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was rushed to a secure location. The second term lawmaker added that Congress tried to continue with the process of certifying the 2020 election on Jan. 6, but they were eventually forced to shelter.
“We attempted to continue the debate,” Sherrill said. “That became impossible as crowds gathered and started banging on the doors, so we were told to get out the gas masks in case we had to egress.”
Sherrill's colleagues called relatives as they were sheltered, “afraid that would be the last call that they ever made,” she claimed.
“We were worried that at every corner we would find the mob,” she said.
Sherrill voted in favor of a resolution to remove Trump via the 25th Amendment, according to The Washington Post. Sherrill's vote contributed to the historic event on Wednesday, making Trump the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, as Blavity previously reported.
“He threatened the integrity of the democratic system, interfered with the peaceful transition of power and imperiled a coequal branch of government. He thereby betrayed his trust as president, to manifest injury of the people of the United States,” the House’s charging document said.
"There were QAnon and white-supremacist sympathizers and, frankly, white-supremacist members of Congress in that extraction point who I know and who I have felt would disclose my location and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, et cetera,” Ocasio-Cortez said on Instagram Live.
Widely shared videos on social media have led to more suspicions about officers at the Capitol who were taking selfies with the attackers and willingly opening the gates.
"To run in the Capitol and not know if an officer is there to help you or to harm you is also quite traumatizing," Ocasio-Cortez said.