A New Jersey Democratic Congresswoman says she saw members of Congress leading groups of visitors through the U.S. Capitol the day before the domestic terrorists stormed the federal building.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill described what she witnessed as “a reconnaissance for the next day.”
Sherrill shared these words while on Facebook Live asking Vice President Mike Pence and Trump’s Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office for inciting an insurrection.
No other details were shared about the groups Sherrill witnessed before the siege. But the U.S. Capitol has been closed to the public since March 2020 to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
On the afternoon of January 6th, a mob of violent Trump supporters breached the Capitol as Congress convened to certify President-Elect Joe Biden’s win in the Electoral College. The rioting began following President Trump’s address to a crowd near the White House, where he continued to make false claims about widespread election fraud. In addition, he urged the audience to march to the Capitol and said, “If you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore.”
At least five people, including a Capitol Police officer, were killed as a result of the domestic terrorist attack. Several congressmen and women were rushed to safety, while armed and deranged Pro-Trump supporters yelled “Where are they?” through hallways. Many even made their way onto the Senate floor and inside lawmakers’ offices, including Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
Rep. Sherrill believes Trump should be removed from office and barred from running again. “Those people who were complicit with this president, who aided and abetted him in his drive to overturn the election results, the results that the people had voted on" should also be held accountable, added Rep. Sherrill.
“We can’t have a democracy if we have a president who incites violence to overturn the results,” she said. “We can’t have a democracy if too many members of our police force and military are acting to overturn it and undermine it. We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the election results.
“And so not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him, those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on January 5th — 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, I’m going to see that they are held accountable and, if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.”
Nearly 150 Republican members of Congress voted to object to Biden’s win, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California.