House Dems request probe into ‘suspicious behavior,’ following allegation of Capitol ‘reconnaissance’ tours

House Dems request probe into ‘suspicious behavior,’ following allegation of Capitol ‘reconnaissance’ tours

House
Democrats
on
Wednesday
requested an
immediate
probe
into
“suspicious
behavior”
and
access
that
was
said
to
be given
to
visitors
at
the
U.S.
Capitol
a day
before

the
riot.

The
34 lawmakers,
in
a
letter,
urged
the
Capitol
Police
and
the
acting
House
and
Senate
sergeants-at-arms
to
look
into
the
matter.
Rep.
Mikie
Sherrill,
D-N.J.,
was
joined
by
others who
said
they
noticed
an
unusually
high
number
of
outside
groups
in
the
complex
on
Jan.
5. 

“This
is
unusual
for
several
reasons,
including
the
fact
that
access
to
the
Capitol
Complex
has
been
restricted
since
public
tours
ended
in
March
of
last
year
due
to
the
pandemic,”
the

letter
stated,
according
to
Politico.
The
lawmakers
said
the
tours
“were
so
concerning”
that
they
were
reported
to
the
security.

NJ
REP.
SHERRILL:
UNIDENTIFIED
LAWMAKERS
LED
APPARENT
‘RECONNAISSANCE’
TOURS
PRIOR
TO
CAPITOL
ATTACK

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., walks up the House steps for a vote in the Capitol on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Rep.
Mikie
Sherrill,
D-N.J.,
walks
up
the
House
steps
for
a
vote
in
the
Capitol
on
Thursday,
Sept.
17,
2020.
(Photo
By
Bill
Clark/CQ-Roll
Call,
Inc
via
Getty
Images)

“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,”
the
lawmakers
wrote.
“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.”

Among
the
requests
made
in
the
letter
included
whether
there
are
logbooks
of
visitors
that
are
regularly inspected
and
collected.
They
also
asked
security
officials
to provide
information on
the
names
of
“Members
or
staff”
who
were
part
of
the
alleged
tours. 

Sherrill, a
former
U.S.
Navy
helicopter
pilot,
said
that
members
of
Congress
led
apparent
“reconnaissance”
tours
of
the
Capitol
the day
before
the
riot.

Sherrill made
her
comments
during
a
roughly 13-minute
video
on
Facebook,
where
she
addressed
her
constituents
about
the
steps
that
Congress
will
take
to
hold
President
Trump
and “those
responsible”
accountable for
allegedly inciting
the
riot. 

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TEEN
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CALLS
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FOR
CAPITOL
RIOT

The
congresswoman
didn’t
name
any
of
the
lawmakers
or
offer
additional
details
into
what
qualified
their
actions
to
be
“reconnaissance,”
during
the
video,
according
to
the

media
company. 

Rep.
Tim
Ryan,
D-Ohio,
told
reporters
at
the
Capitol
that
he’s
heard
of
a
couple
of
names
of
colleagues
who
potentially
gave
tours,
but
said
he
was
going
to
wait
to
make
sure “we
get
verification.”

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Sherrill told
Fox
News
on
Wednesday:
“We’re
requesting
an
investigation
right
now
with
certain
agencies,”
without
elaborating.

David
Aaro
is
a
Reporter
at
Fox
News
Digital
based
in
New
York
City.

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