The bipartisan Home committee investigating the occasions that led as much as the Jan. 6, 2021, assault introduced Thursday that it’s turning its consideration to Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), indicating it has new proof that he led a Capitol tour the day earlier than the lethal rebel.
“Primarily based on our evaluation of proof within the Choose Committee’s possession, we consider you will have data concerning a tour you led by elements of the Capitol advanced on January 5, 2021,” reads a letter to Loudermilk from Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee chairman, and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the vice chair.
The committee leaders say new particulars about Loudermilk’s tour that day come after public reporting and witness accounts of Trump rally supporters “engaged in efforts to assemble details about the structure of the U.S. Capitol, in addition to the Home and Senate workplace buildings, prematurely of January 6, 2021.”
Capitol excursions had been suspended on the time of Loudermilk’s obvious tour, on account of COVID-19 precautions.
“We write to hunt your voluntary cooperation in advancing our investigation,” the committee leaders wrote to Loudermilk.
Right here’s a replica of their letter:
In a damning added element, Thompson and Cheney counsel that Republicans on the Home Administration Committee ― of which Loudermilk is a member ― misled or lied to the Jan. 6 committee after they beforehand claimed that they reviewed Capitol safety footage from the times previous the Jan. 6 assault and concluded there have been no excursions, no massive teams and nobody “with MAGA hats on” within the Capitol throughout that point.
“The Choose Committee’s evaluation of proof immediately contradicts that denial,” stated Thompson and Cheney.
They committee leaders ask Loudermilk to fulfill with them to speak in regards to the Capitol tour he gave that day. They proposed the week of Could 23 however made it clear they’re prepared to fulfill him wherever attainable.
“In case you are unavailable that week, we will organize another time to fulfill. If it could be preferable to carry this assembly with you in your house district, we’d even be glad to discover journey preparations to facilitate that choice,” they stated. “The American individuals deserve a full and correct accounting of what occurred.”
A Loudermilk spokesman didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark about who the congressman gave a Capitol tour to on Jan. 5, and if he deliberate to cooperate with the committee.