January 14, 2021 11:58 AM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. Some 34 Democratic congressmen signed a letter asking to investigate the “suspicious” visit to the Capitol by Trumpists invited by some Republican legislators on the eve of the assault, despite the fact that the tours are suspended. The tour included sensitive areas for safety.
The letter indicates that some of the signers “witnessed a large number of outside groups in the complex on January 5“, the day before the violent assault on the Legislative headquarters in which a Capitol police officer and 4 protesters died from gunshot wounds.
“What I saw were groups of people who had no reason to be there, walking through the Congress offices (…). There were people walking through the corridors clearly dressed as people who participated in the demonstration“. This was explained this Thursday on the chain CBS the Democratic congresswoman, Abigail Spanberger, one of the signatories of the letter.
Congressmen recall that due to the pandemic, public visits to the Capitol were canceled. Only members of Congress could have facilitated the access of that group of Trumpistas. Some congressmen assured that at least 2 Republican colleagues could have sponsored these visits.
“Visitors who met some of the members of Congress who signed this letter appear to be related to the demonstration at the White House the next day“indicates the text sent to those responsible for the security of the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the acting head of the Capitol Police.
The White House rally, attended by outgoing President Donald Trump, was called to protest against the joint session of Congress that was to certify the electoral victory of Democrat Joe Biden that day.
Experience in the area
In his speech, Trump urged the hundreds of attendees to march to the Capitol and “show strength.” Before he finished his speech, various groups began attempting to breach the complex’s security perimeter. At around 2 in the afternoon, they managed to enter by force, forcing the eviction of the entire compound for several hours.
“Members of the group that attacked the Capitol appear to have had unusually detailed knowledge of the blueprint of the Capitol complex. The presence of these groups in the Capitol is certainly suspicious“, pointed out the Democratic congressmen who demand to investigate this visit.
According to the congresswoman for New Jersey and also a signatory of the document, Mikie sherrillThese groups invited by unidentified Republican congressmen went on a “reconnaissance” mission prior to the January 6 assault.
Sherrill, a former Navy pilot, and other signers like Spanberger, a former CIA agent, have military experience and in intelligence. They claim that they make the accusations with the certainty that an investigation is required.
The leader of the Democratic majority of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, ordered an increase of the internal security of the Capitol with the installation of metal detectors. Congressmen are required to pass before going to plenary, something not seen to date.