Graham says Rep. Boebert should sue Democrat for slander over Capitol tour suspicion

Graham says Rep. Boebert should sue Democrat for slander over Capitol tour suspicion

Sen.

Lindsey
Graham,
R-S.C.
said
Rep.
Lauren
Boebert,
R-Colo.,
should
sue
a
Democratic
colleague
for
slander
for
accusing
her
of
offering
a
“large”
group
tour
in
the
Capitol
days
ahead
of
the

Jan.
6
riot. 

Rep.
Steve
Cohen,
D-Tenn.,
said
on
CNN
Monday
that
he
and
Rep.
John
Yarmuth,
D-Ky.,
saw
the
freshman
lawmaker
giving
a
tour
sometime
between
Jan.
3
and
Jan.
6. 

The
Tennessee
Democrat
said
he
and
Yarmuth
were
walking
through
a
Capitol
tunnel
when
he
saw
Boebert
with
a
“large
group.”
He
said
he
didn’t
know
if
anyone
in
the
group
was
involved
in
the
riots. 

“These
claims
are
just
ridiculous,
it’s
part
of
a
laundry
list
of
conspiracy
theories
that
the
Democrats
are
heavily
involved
with,”
Graham
said
on
“America
Reports.” 

Cohen’s
office
told
CNN
he
has
not
reported
the
observation
to
the
FBI
or
Capitol
Police. 

“Congressman
Cohen
from
Tennessee
has
been
a
very
destructive
voice
in
all
of
this.
He
basically
accused
every
White
member
of
the
National
Guard
of
being
a
Trump
supporter
that
had
to
be
checked
out
in
terms
of
their
ability
to
defend
the
Capitol,”
the
South
Carolina
Republican
continued. 


BOEBERT
BLASTS
COHEN
FOR
‘IRRESPONSIBLE’
CLAIM
SHE
LED
CAPITOL
TOUR
BEFORE
RIOT 

“If
I
were
her,
I
would
sue
the
guy,”
Graham
said,
“for
slander
and
make
him
give
a
public
apology.
I
can’t
think
of
a
worse
thing
to
say
about
a
fellow
American
than
they
were
in
on
the
effort
to
defile
the
Capitol.”

More
than
30

House
Democrats
signed
a
letter
last
week
claiming
their

Republican
colleagues
may
have
aided
Capitol
rioters
by
providing
them
with
“reconnaissance”
tours
of
the
U.S.
Capitol
but
have
yet
to
flesh
out
their
accusations.
Cohen
is
not
one
of
the
original
signatories
of
the
letter.

The
Capitol
is
closed
to
the
public
due
to
Covid-19,
but
Boebert
said
it
was
her
family
that
the
Democratic
lawmakers
spied,
there
to
celebrate
her
swearing-in. 

“I
guess
having
a
big
family
is
a
scandal
now,”
she
wrote
on
Twitter.
“The
only
people
I
have
ever
had
in
the
Capitol
with
me
are
my
young
children,
husband,
mom,
aunt,
and
uncle.”

“All
claims
of
my
involvement
with
the
attack
on
Jan.
6th
are
categorically
false. 
These
lies
are
irresponsible
&
dangerous,”
she
continued. 

Sen.
Sergeant
at
Arms
Drew
Willison
told
Fox
News’
Chad
Pergram there
are
cameras
everywhere
that
would
help
determine
if
lawmakers
offered
“surveillance
tours”
before
the
riot.
He
said
such
accusations
are
a “fully
loaded
charge”
and
there’s
been
little
evidence
to
support
them
thus
far. 

“It’s
a
fully
loaded
charge
to
accuse
a
different
member
of
an
act
of
treachery
of
that
sort,
even
if
it’s
speculative,”
he
said,
adding
that
since
Jan.3,
the
start
of
the
new
Congress,
was
a
day
to
celebrate,
it
wouldn’t
be
unusual
for
members
to
give
their
families
a
tour. 

Boebert
also
wrote
a
letter
to
Cohen
personally
blasting
his
CNN
interview.
“Your
false
statements
are
extraordinarily
irresponsible
during
this
period
in
time,”
she
wrote.

The
flamboyant
new
Republican,
who
vowed
to
shake
things
up
in
Washington, 
was
criticized
for
tweeting
“Today
is
1776”
hours
before
rioters
stormed
the
Capitol.
She
also
faced
backlash
for
tweeting
as
rioters
were
inside
the
building:
“The
Speaker
has
been
removed
from
the
chambers.” 

Boebert
made
clear
her
intent
on
carrying
her
Glock
with
her
into
the
Capitol
before
coming
to
Wahington.
After
multiple
Democrat
lawmakers
expressed
concern,
metal
detectors
were
installed
at
the
entrance
to
the
House
floor.

After
Boebert
set
off
the
metal
detectors,
she
refused
to
allow
Capitol
police
to
search
her
bag.
“I
am
legally
permitted
to
carry
my
firearm
in
Washington,
D.C.
and
within
the
Capitol
complex,”
she
asserted
on
Twitter.
“Metal
detectors
outside
of
the
House
would
not
have
stopped
the
violence
we
saw
last
week

it’s
just
another
political
stunt
by
Speaker
Pelosi.”

Acting
House
Sergeant
at
Arms
Timothy
Blodgett
wrote
a
memo
saying
members
are
only
allowed
to
have
guns
in
their
personal
offices. 

Cohen’s
office
could
not
immediately
be
reached
for
comment.

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