The January 6th House Select Committee sent a letter to a Georgia lawmaker on Thursday in an attempt to gather more information about a tour of the building the panel says he led the day before the deadly attack.
Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) is often overshadowed by his colleague Marjorie Taylor Greene, and that has allowed him to fly under the radar until now. It’s the latest attempt by House investigators to obtain cooperation from GOP lawmakers in the probe of the January 6th Capitol attack, and their probe has now extended into Congressional supporters of Donald Trump’s who plotted to block the certification of President Joe Biden’s election win.
The letter to Rep. Loudermilk said that Republicans on a separate panel, the House Administration Committee, had previously reviewed security footage from January 5, 2021, and said there were “no tours, no large groups, no one with MAGA hats on.” Loudermilk is a member of that panel. But the January 6th Committee’s review of the evidence “directly contradicts that denial,” wrote Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice-Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). The request comes a week after the panel issued subpoenas to five Republican members, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Another member of the House, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has also been credibly accused by Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) of leading a tour on January 5th as well. Boebert denied it but the tour was confirmed by her mother.
In a statement Thursday, Loudermilk said the January 5th tour was with “a constituent family” and took place in the House office buildings and not inside the Capitol building itself. “We call on Capitol Police to release the tapes,” Loudermilk and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), the ranking member of the House administration committee, wrote in a joint response to the letter.
BREAKING: the 1/6 committee has VIDEO EVIDENCE that at least one Republican member of the house gave a tour of the layout of the Capitol to individuals in January 5 in a letter to Rep Loudermilk. #January6th https://t.co/awelwMWk2c
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