The House Republican Capitol tour wasn’t suspicious

Washington (AP) — Police have determined that there is nothing suspicious about the two Parliamentary office building tours that Republican lawmakers provided to about 15 people the day before. January 6, 2021 He attacked the Capitol when he rioted supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

The House Committee investigating the 2021 riots investigated whether the riots were involved in reconnaissance and surveillance prior to the attack, and Democrats suggested that some Republicans may have helped them. .. However, there is no official evidence of that.

Georgian Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk simply showed his member, Parliamentary Police Chief Tom Manger, in a letter sent Monday.

Manger’s letter to Congressman Rodney Davis, the top Republican of the House Commission, arrived weeks after the House Commission investigated the riots. I was asking Loudermilk for more details He said he took the lead on the tour the day before the attack.

Police have reviewed a surveillance video showing Loudermilk leading a tour of about 15 people in the Rayburn and Canon House office buildings, Manger said.

A Republican member of the House of Representatives — Loudermilk is a member — previously reviewed security footage from January 5, stating that “no one was wearing a tour, a large group, or a MAGA hat.” rice field.

But Mississippi’s Bennie Thompson and Wyoming’s Liz Cheney last month claimed that the review of the evidence “directly contradicts that denial.”

Loudermilk states that the January 5th tour was with the family members and took place in the House office building, not in the Capitol building. He and Davis called on the Capitol police to publish a surveillance video in May.

The Capitol complex includes 20 buildings and facilities, including House and Senate offices. Underground tunnels connect most buildings to the Capitol.

“The group never appeared in the tunnel leading to the US Capitol,” Manger wrote in a letter.

January 6 Commission member Pete Aguila (D-Calif.) Said on Tuesday that the panel would like to hear Loudermilk’s testimony and released the video referenced in Davis’ letter to the general public. I wanted to make a decision.

“What the Republicans said last year was wrong-there was no tour or MAGA hat-it was clearly wrong.”

Parliamentary police say the tour was thoroughly investigated and there was nothing suspicious.

“There is no evidence that Congressman Loudermilk entered the US Capitol with this group on January 5, 2021,” Manger said. “We train officers to be vigilant to those who monitor or scout and do not consider any of the activities we have observed to be suspicious.”

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Associated Press writer Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.