N.J. Lawmaker Says Colleagues Gave Capitol “Reconnaissance” Tours
Republican members of Congress led groups of people on what amounted to “reconnaissance” tours of the U.S. Capitol the day before the Trump-incited domestic terrorist mob stormed the building, according to a New Jersey Democratic lawmaker.
Rep. Mikie Sherrill made that claim in a Facebook Live broadcast Tuesday night before she headed to the House floor to cast her vote on the bill asking Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Donald Trump from office. Sherrill is a former Navy helicopter pilot who spent 10 years on active duty flying missions over Europe and the Middle East. She is in her second term representing northern New Jersey.
In the broadcast Sherrill described seeing “members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 for reconnaissance fo the next day.” She did not specifically identify which lawmakers.
“I’m going to see that they’re held accountable,” Sherrill said. “We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the election results.”
Tensions among members of Congress seem to be increasing in the wake of the riot. Sherrill’s concern about the actions of her fellow lawmakers came on the same night that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.N.Y.) said that she was afraid during the riot that GOP colleagues who are sympathetic to the mob’s goal of seizing a second term for Trump. Democratic lawmakers also have blasted Republicans, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.), for refusing to put on the face masks they were offered as they took shelter for hours in a Capitol conference room. Subsequently, three Democratic members who were in that room have tested positive for coronavirus.