Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) has repeatedly denied that he gave tours around the Capitol prior to the January 6th insurrection, including the day before, and has thus far refused to cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating the riot. But now the panel is pressing even harder for Loudermilk to appear voluntarily, stating they have evidence that “directly contradicts” his claims.
In their letter to Rep. Loudermilk asking him to sit for questioning, the Committee 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.” But Loudermilk is a member of that panel, and 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 for Loudermilk to appear came barely a week after the panel issued subpoenas to five Republican members, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
But as Loudermilk continues to push back against the Committee, more evidence is emerging against both him and his colleagues who were allegedly involved in the plot to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential victory. “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 Jan. 6, 2021,” the letter from Reps Thompson and Cheney reads.
I have spent countless hours over five decades in the Capitol. I have been in the hideaway offices of leaders of both parties– unmarked offices one could never find without advance knowledge. The violent insurrectionists knew. How? Ask Barry Loudermilk, MTG and other GOP members
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) May 19, 2022
Supreme Court lawyer Neal Katyal joined guest host former RNC Chairman Michael Steele on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show” to discuss Loudermilk and the panel’s next steps.. Watch their discussion, below.