House Democrats Say GOP Colleagues Gave ‘Reconnaissance’ Capitol Tours, But Where’s The Evidence?

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Democratic members of Congress are peddling theories that their GOP colleagues gave “reconnaissance” tours of the Capitol to “insurrectionists” just one day before a mob rioted at the historic building, but so far, no evidence has surfaced.

“I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress,” said New Jersey Rep. Mikie Sherrill, referring to “those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 — a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy.”

While the Capitol was technically closed to the public on Jan. 5 due to COVID-19 restrictions, accepting only tours with members’ families and staff, more than 30 Democratic legislators, led by Sherrill, signed a letter asking for acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett, acting Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Jennifer Hemingway, and acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman to investigate “suspicious behavior and access given to visitors to the Capitol Complex on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 — the day before the attacks on the Capitol.”

“Many of the Members who signed this letter, including those of us who have served in the military and are trained to recognize suspicious activity, as well as various members of our staff, witnessed an extremely high number of outside groups in the complex on Tuesday, January 5,” the letter reads. “This is unusual for several reasons, including the fact that access to the Capitol Complex has been restricted since public tours ended in March due to the pandemic. We found these tours so concerning that senior staff questioned the SAA on January 5 about what was taking place.”

As Politico noted, neither the letter nor Sherrill named any specific members, explained how giving tours was “reconnaissance,” nor said how tours might have fueled or enabled the riot. Sherrill also did not respond to The Federalist’s questions about who might have allowed these reportedly “suspicious” tours to occur.

Sherrill is one of the many lawmakers on the left alleging that their colleagues played a role in orchestrating the Jan. 6 chaos that left five people dead. During a live video session on Instagram just last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York told her viewers that she “didn’t even feel safe around other members of Congress” during the attack because she feared they would oust her to the rioters.

“There were QAnon and white supremacist sympathizers and, frankly, white supremacist members of Congress … who I know and who I have felt would disclose my location and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc.,” she said.

Similarly, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio also alleged that “a couple” members of Congress might have given tours to people outside their family and staff.

“I’m going to wait to make sure we get verification,” the congressman said, noting that the tours he knew of were not “one-on-one” tours or that of “a small family.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, a member of the progressive House “Squad,” also suggested that GOP members could not be trusted after “every panic button” in her office was removed without warning, knowledge, or approval.

Despite these strong allegations, most of the Democrats have failed to provide evidence of or even names of the members who allowed the suspicious tours. One of the closest things to a name that any of the accusers has offered came during Rep. Sean Maloney’s rant on MSNBC last week, when the New York lawmaker hinted that some of the newer GOP members could be responsible for giving the tours.

“I don’t have firsthand knowledge of [the tours], but I’ve spoken to a member who saw it personally,” he said. “And he described it with some alarm that there are some of our new colleagues — the same ones, of course, who believe in conspiracy theories and who want to carry guns into the House chamber — who, today, today, have been yelling at Capitol Police.”

Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee took it a step further, saying Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado was one of the members he saw giving a tour.

“We saw congress[woman] Boebert taking a group of people for a tour sometime after the 3rd and before the 6th,” he told CNN.

Boebert, however, previously denied ever giving a tour to “an outside group.”

“I have never given a tour of the US Capitol to an outside group,” she said in a statement on Jan. 14.

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After A Week Of Leftists’ Hysterical Warnings, Weekend Rioters Were Absent At State Capitols

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Americans have been gaslighted, again. After a horde of Trump supporters sacked the U.S. Capitol building over Congress certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the Electoral College this month, Democrats and legacy media raised hysteria that the recent incursion was the first in what was supposed to become a series of domestic attacks targeting state capitols ahead of the inauguration.

The FBI leaked a bulletin to friendly press raising the alarm over a second Civil War, warning of a mass operation to overthrow state and federal governments in the run-up to Biden taking office.

Upwards of 25,000 federal troops descended on Washington to prepare for the imminent insurrection, occupying the city with more boots on the ground in the Beltway than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. At least 17 other states called up the National Guard. Police ramped up security in all 50 state capitols, bracing for an attack, while Democrats exploiting the Jan. 6 crisis at the Capitol continued to feed fears of a right-wing revolution after spending eight months vilifying law enforcement in the wake of their own in the name of social justice.

“What happened on Jan. 6 … might not be the end of the insurrection, but the beginning,” Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., told NPR just after the Capitol riot. “We need to be concerned.”

Americans bought the narrative. According to a Hill-HarrisX poll conducted from Jan. 8-11, 73 percent of registered voters reported they were concerned about repeated violence in the run-up to the inauguration.

Routine outbursts might have been more likely to ensue, just like last year’s never-ending “1619 Riots,” if prominent elites had sought to exhaustively justify the carnage at the U.S. Capitol the way Hollywood, the corporate media, and the Democratic Party did in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Instead, however, the events at the Capitol were roundly condemned by both sides, where conservatives consistently vilified the violence while Democrats capitalized on it to initiate a progressive purge of their political opponents. As the New York Times published on Sunday, however, FBI warnings of a violent uprising, amplified by Democrats with hysterical theatrics featuring more troops occupying Washington than parts of the Middle East, have yet to substantiate.

“After Capitols Become Fortresses, Far-Right Protesters Are Mostly a No-Show,” the Times headlined its reporting.

The nation’s militarized streets on Sunday were a remarkable spectacle as police and National Guard officers faced off with promised right-wing protests that, at least on Sunday, were reduced to a whimper. Protesters in some states could be counted on one hand.

In Pennsylvania, “there were so few protesters that reporters lined up on the sidewalk to interview a man who gave his name only as Alex and wore a sweatshirt that said ‘Fraud 2020.’”

In Denver, the press again far outnumbered the handful of demonstrators.

“I thought there would be at least 100 people,” Larry Woodall told a local Fox affiliate. “I feel like the lone wolf.”

The same story played out again and again across the country, as found by CNN, NPR, and the Associated Press.

Support for increased police presence represented a change of heart for many leftist leaders. The presence of federal troops in Washington once enraged Democrats, who railed against their enhanced presence to protect monuments to actual social justice warriors from attacks by those pretending as such. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser vocally resisted troops in her city, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last year condemned their presence as “alarming,” singling out their protection of the Lincoln Memorial in particular.

Independent investigative journalist and author of “The Dossier” newsletter Jordan Schachtel warned that media amplification of the FBI’s warning was a ruse from the start, writing in Substack that there was never any evidence to indicate a “huge uprising” of armed pro-Trump militants. The extent of the evidence rested on a flyer found on a Boogaloo aggregator website, which itself had not been claimed by any right-wing group.

The Boogaloo movement is a loosely-defined extremist group calling home to a wide spectrum of ideologies, with some even aligning themselves with Black Lives Matter.

“The group’s main aggregator website makes clear that the movement does not have the capacity to operate in every state,” Schachtel wrote. “In fact, they don’t even have a chapter group link for 25 states.”

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