WASHINGTON — The leaders of the Home committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol requested a Republican congressman on Thursday to undergo questioning a few tour of the complicated he gave someday earlier than the riot, saying they have been wanting into whether or not rioters had carried out reconnaissance of the constructing earlier than the rampage.

In a Thursday letter to Consultant Barry Loudermilk, the highest two members of the panel mentioned investigators had obtained proof that the Georgia Republican had led a tour by means of elements of the Capitol complicated on Jan. 5, 2021, when it was closed to guests due to pandemic restrictions. Mr. Loudermilk has denied having led any “reconnaissance” tour.

“Public reporting and witness accounts point out some people and teams engaged in efforts to collect details about the structure of the U.S. Capitol, in addition to the Home and Senate workplace buildings, prematurely of Jan. 6, 2021,” mentioned a letter to Mr. Loudermilk from Consultant Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the chairman of the panel, and Consultant Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming and the vice chairwoman.

They didn’t immediately allege that any individual escorted by Mr. Loudermilk later attacked the Capitol. However they prompt that they’d obtained proof that he had led guests across the complicated, writing that their assessment of proof “immediately contradicts” Republicans’ denials that closed-circuit safety digital camera footage confirmed no such excursions had taken place.

In an announcement, Mr. Loudermilk conceded that he had introduced constituents into elements of the Capitol complicated the day earlier than the riot, however he mentioned the go to had been innocuous.

“A constituent household with younger kids assembly with their Member of Congress within the Home workplace buildings shouldn’t be a suspicious group or ‘reconnaissance tour.’ The household by no means entered the Capitol constructing,” Mr. Loudermilk wrote in a joint assertion with Consultant Rodney Davis of Illinois, the highest Republican on the Home Administration Committee, including: “No place that the household went on the fifth was breached on the sixth, the household didn’t enter the Capitol grounds on the sixth, and nobody in that household has been investigated or charged in connection to January sixth.”

The assertion didn’t say whether or not Mr. Loudermilk would agree to satisfy with the panel to debate the matter.

Mr. Loudermilk, who challenged the official counting of electoral votes for Joseph R. Biden Jr. through the joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, and has repeatedly criticized the committee investigating the riot, is the seventh Republican member of Congress the panel has requested to interview up to now.

So far, not one of many Republican lawmakers has agreed. The committee has issued subpoenas to 5 of them, together with Consultant Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority chief, to attempt to drive their cooperation.

Within the instant aftermath of the riot, Democrats raised questions on whether or not some Republican members of Congress had defied pandemic restrictions and given excursions of the Capitol earlier than the assault, permitting guests to check the structure of the complicated earlier than the violent rampage.

Greater than 30 Democrats joined Consultant Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey in requesting an investigation by the highest Capitol safety officers and the Capitol Police into what Ms. Sherrill known as “suspicious conduct” and entry given to guests to the Capitol complicated the day earlier than the riot.

Ms. Sherrill mentioned she knew of members of Congress who had given “reconnaissance” excursions forward of the assault.

She referred to “members of Congress who had teams coming by means of the Capitol that I noticed on Jan. 5 — a reconnaissance for the subsequent day — these members of Congress that incited this violent crowd, these members who tried to assist our president undermine our democracy,” including, “I’m going to see that they’re held accountable.”

The 34 Democrats mentioned they and their staffs had “witnessed an especially excessive variety of exterior teams within the complicated on Tuesday, Jan. 5.” They known as the visits suspicious, noting that excursions have been restricted on the time due to the pandemic.

The Capitol Police said at the time that they were investigating the matter.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi additionally warned that if any Republican members of the Home had aided the rioters, they might be punished.

“If in truth it’s discovered that members of Congress have been accomplices to this revolt — in the event that they aided and abetted the crimes — there could must be motion taken past the Congress by way of prosecution for that,” Ms. Pelosi mentioned then.

Republicans vehemently denied the accusations.

One lawmaker, Consultant Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican whom one Democrat accused of giving a tour, mentioned in an announcement that she had “by no means given a tour of the U.S. Capitol to anybody in addition to relations on the town for my swearing-in.” She known as the cost an “irresponsible lie.”

Mr. Loudermilk additionally denounced the accusations and joined an ethics grievance in opposition to the Democrats who made them.

“A member of Congress accusing one other member of committing a criminal offense, with out proof, is morally reprehensible and a stain on this establishment,” he mentioned in an announcement in Could 2021. “No Republican member of Congress led any sort of ‘reconnaissance’ excursions by means of the Capitol, confirmed by safety footage captured by the U.S. Capitol Police.”

In February, Mr. Davis despatched a letter to Ms. Pelosi demanding she instruct the Capitol Police to launch video footage of the complicated from Jan. 6 that he mentioned would clear the Republicans.