(Headline USA) In its ongoing witch hunt in partisan pursuit of a narrative that fits leftist accusations of what happened on J6, the congressional committee investigating the U.S. Capitol uprising is asking a House Republican for more information about a tour of the building the panel says he led the day before the protests.
The committee’s letter to Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk on Thursday is the latest attempt by House investigators to obtain cooperation from GOP lawmakers in the probe of the Jan. 6, 2021 protests. Some supporters of then-President Donald Trump, on their own undertaking, broke into the Capitol that day and interrupted the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
“Based on our review of evidence in the Select Committee’s possession, we believe you have information regarding a tour you led through parts of the Capitol complex on January 5, 2021,“ wrote Reps. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi and Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the chairman and vice-chairwoman of the committee.
“Public reporting and witness accounts indicate some individuals and groups engaged in efforts to gather information about the layout of the U.S. Capitol, as well as the House and Senate office buildings” in advance of the uprising, they wrote.
The voluntary request comes as the panel has already conducted more than 1,000 interviews about the protest and as it prepares for a public show trial in June. The questions about tours of the Capitol have lingered since the days afterward, when Democrats suggested without any real evidence that some Republican members may have helped the pro-Trump rallygoers. But so far there has been no public evidence of that assistance.
The same Democrats now abetting the J6 Inquisition, in other words, were grossly guilty of spreading disinformation, which was repeated by the rad-left media echo chamber.
The letter to Loudermilk said that Republicans on a separate panel, the House Administration Committee, had previously said they reviewed security footage from Jan. 5 and said there were “no tours, no large groups, no one with MAGA hats on.” Loudermilk is a member of that panel.
The request comes a week after the panel issued subpoenas to five Republican members, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
The decision to issue subpoenas to McCarthy, R-Calif., and Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama was a blatant abuse of political power and shameless theatrics, committed after already having interviewed nearly 1,000 witnesses and collected more than 100,000 documents as it investigates the worst attack on the Capitol in two centuries.
The five Republicans, all of whom have repeatedly downplayed the investigation’s legitimacy, have yet to say whether they will comply.
In total, the committee has now publicly requested cooperation from at least eight lawmakers it would like to convince the public have information crucial to the planning and execution of the attack and former President Donald Trump’s potential role in inciting it.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press