Congressman Jason Crow: ‘There Will Be a Criminal Investigation’ Into Lawmakers Linked to Capitol Attackers

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Friday that members of Congress who are suspected to have aided and abetted the siege on the United States Capitol on January 6th should be prosecuted.

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Representative Jason Crow (D-CO), who serves on the Armed Services and Small Business Committees and was a manager during President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, later confirmed to MSNBC’s Katy Tur that investigations of elected officials with ties to the insurrectionists – particularly those inside the right-wing conspiracy cult QAnon – will be investigated.


So no one is naming any names, but they are citing the Qanon conspiracy theory and the more extremist members of Congress and there are three new members of Congress who have publicly invested their opinions in the Qanon conspiracy theory. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Lauren Boehbert of Colorado, although she claims she doesn’t have anything to do with it, and Madison Cawthrone of North Carolina. The people elect their representatives and the people elected these three individuals. But given their adherence to this conspiracy theory, that alleges that Democrats are pedophiles and they eat children and they are Satan-worshipping, what do you do about that?


Well, there will be a criminal investigation. As I’ve said before, it doesn’t matter whether someone is a member of Congress or not, if they committed a crime, or were involved in the crime, they will be held accountable for that. There is no immunity for criminal liability just because you are elected to office, nor should there be. We are in America, no man or woman is above the law. so that will happen.

Secondly, there are a handful of those members, frankly, who are just so depraved, so morally bankrupt at this point that they are dangerous people, in my view. So that’s why we have to look at applying the facts to what happened and what the remedies are and then we’ll see where we need to go. But, you know, people have the right to come and have the obligation to come to Congress and debate politics, debate policy. But if somebody is gonna be involved in trying to overthrow the government, incite a violent mob, incite violence, there is a line there and we have remedies to prevent people from crossing that line or to hold them accountable if they have already crossed that line and that is what we need to do.


You’re a former service member and there were former service members in that crowd. Some of them have been arrested and I believe one current service member has now been arrested and charged in connection with the assault on the Capitol. As a veteran yourself, what do you make of that?


Yeah, you know, there are some tough realities that we have to grapple with and one of which is we have a homegrown terror movement in the United States. We saw this on full display, and like any terror movement, they have coming out, they have watershed moments and I think unfortunately this terror movement is pointing to January 6th as kind of their watershed awakening moment. So this is a problem that we are going to have to address in the months and years ahead. Because Donald Trump has radical radicalized these folks, he has given them permission, he has romanticized that violence and we can’t fix that overnight.

The Congressman continued:

The other reality is that a disproportionate number of the rioters, the attackers, come from positions of public trust. Whether it is law enforcement, whether it is prior or current military. And the first step in combatting a terror movement is making sure that the agencies and the organizations that will combat it have integrity and that they have the capability to combat it, and that any inside threats are addressed. So that is why I’ve reached out to the military, I talked to the Secretary of the Army McCarthy last weekend. I raised this issue and pressed him and gained assurances that they will expedite investigations and that they would review their policies and as of yesterday, they launched that review and they’re gonna continue the investigations and I’ll continue to push that to happen.

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