Pelosi Warns That Congressional Conspirators To Capitol Attack Will Face Consequences
As investigations continue into the attack on the Capitol last week, reports that members of Congress aided attackers are raising concerns. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed those Friday, warning that if this is confirmed, those members will face serious consequences.
Pelosi made clear that any members confirmed to have materially supported the attackers would face prosecution.
House Speaker Pelosi says Congress members may be prosecuted over the Capitol insurrection “if they aided and abetted the crime.” pic.twitter.com/uO8Wcs9mER
— The Recount (@therecount) January 15, 2021
Though there have been no formal charges so far, several members of Congress have been accused of giving ‘reconnaissance tours’ prior to the attack. According to the Washington Post, Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) have both publicly stated that they can confirm a Republican member of Congress gave such a tour.
One Republican Representative, Lauren Boebert, has fired back at these allegations, saying that she did no such thing. While Maloney did not name her specifically in his statement, Boebert says that it’s been assumed he was describing her — he mentioned members who make gun carrying in the Capitol a part of their personal identity, believe in conspiracy theories, and attack the Capitol Police over security measures.
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— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) January 15, 2021
However, Boebert was already linked to the attacks by her own behavior during the breach — Boston Globe reports that she’s being called to resign over her decision to tweet the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the Secret Service worked to move members of Congress to a secure location.
It’s not yet clear what other Republican Congress members may be facing investigations, though the president has now been impeached for his role in inciting the attack.