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GOP Calls for Investigation into Democrats' Capitol Riot 'Reconnaissance' Claims

House Republicans file ethics complain over allegations about Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol

 on 13th May 2021 @ 3.00pm
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Democrats made allegations about Republicans being involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach

Republicans have called for an investigation into Democrats who promoted false conspiracy theories about GOP lawmakers being involved in the breach of the Capitol building on January 6.

On Tuesday, House Republicans filed an ethics complaint against Democrats who alleged that GOP members gave "reconnaissance" tours to constituents ahead of the Capitol breach.

The GOP letter to the Committee on Ethics points out that the Democratic members presented no evidence to back their claims.

Republicans argue that House rules prohibit a member "from making false, spurious, and unsubstantiated accusations against other Members."

Several dozen Democrats, led by New Jersey Rep. Mikie Sherrill, alleged that GOP members of Congress led "suspicious" groups through the Capitol Complex ahead of the Jan. 6 incident, according to The Daily Caller.

The breach occurred during and after a rally by President Donald Trump in which he encouraged supporters to "peacefully" protest the certification of the 2020 vote.

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Rep. Mikie Sherrill promoted conspiracy theories about Republicans giving 'suspicious tours' before the breach

As WND notes, the complaint, from GOP members of the House Administration Committee, highlighted that Sherrill had said she was worried some of her colleagues had provided "reconnaissance" tours.

Sherrill had claimed: "The visitors encountered by some of the Members of Congress on this letter appeared to be associated with the rally at the White House the following day.

"Members of the group that attacked the Capitol seemed to have an unusually detailed knowledge of the layout of the Capitol Complex.

"The presence of these groups within the Capitol Complex was indeed suspicious."

However, Capitol Police decided not to respond, and Democrats have not been able to provide evidence to support the accusations.

The House Republicans, emphasizing the claims were made "without evidence," noted that in an "official appearance from her congressional office, which was broadcast on her official Facebook account, Rep. Sherrill doubled down on these unsubstantiated allegations, arguing for punishment for crimes that did not occur."

Sherill said: "I also intend to see that ... those Members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on January 5th for reconnaissance for the next day—those Members of Congress who incited the 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."

Previously, House Republicans had asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to explain what happened with security before and on that day.

Pelosi’s office responded to Fox News by putting blame on the Republican lawmakers and saying that safety is not their priority, the report said.

Now the Republicans are blaming Pelosi for not securing the building.

The GOP letter said: "The problem is that no Republican Member of Congress led any kind of 'reconnaissance' tours through the Capitol on any date, including January 5, 2021.

"Security footage captured by the U.S. Capitol Police easily confirms these facts.

"Despite the threat presented by the Sherrill Letter to these Republican Members and to the House itself, Respondents appear not to have let their lack of evidence or the truth stand in the way of making these false accusations."

nancy pelosi tried to put blame on republicans for the capitol s security © press
Nancy Pelosi tried to put blame on Republicans for the Capitol's security

The Republicans also charge the Democrats have failed to "adhere to the highest moral principles" and that had the same remarks been made on the House floor, the speakers likely would have been censured.

They say the Sherrill accusations are "a public allegation of a crime," requesting an investigation into the Democrats' "cavalier behavior."

The letter, signed by Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) said: "It has been my hope that, following the attack on January 6th, Members of Congress of both parties would work together in a bipartisan manner to investigation those events and ensure they do not happen again.

"Letters like the one drafted by Respondents are irresponsible and only work to spread misinformation and impugn the reputation of the House and its Members."

The letter was addressed to the chairman of the Committee on Ethics, Theodore Deutsch, and ranking member Jackie Walorski.

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