August 18, 2022

New surveillance video evidence shows Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., gave a bunch tour a day earlier than the Capitol Riots.

The choose committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault launched the video and renewed a request for Loudermilk to testify. The video confirmed a person who had stopped to take photos of tunnels and police checkpoints, suggesting that it was a reconnaissance effort.

Loudermilk had beforehand denied he led a tour that was related to the Capitol Riot. 

In a letter to Loudermilk, committee chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., wrote that proof proved Loudermilk led a tour by the Capitol. The proof contains “surveillance video, social media exercise, and witness accounts.”

Loudermilk additionally led these on the tour to areas of the Capitol that’s normally of little curiosity to vacationers. These vacationers took photographs and movies of unnotable areas, together with staircases, hallways, and safety checkpoints.

“That group stayed for a number of hours, regardless of the complicated being closed to the general public on that day,” Thompson wrote to Loudermilk.

Regardless of the committee’s request, it’s unlikely Loudermilk will comply and voluntarily testify earlier than the committee. Loudermilk is taken into account an ally of former President Donald Trump.

In response, Loudermilk posted on a Twitter thread: “The Capitol Police already put this false accusation to mattress.”

He referred to as the discharge of the video footage “so-called proof” and claimed that elements of the Capitol toured that day included the Home reward store and the Rayburn practice. Loudermilk additionally identified that “nowhere” he toured that day have been areas that rioters breached.

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“This false narrative that the Committee and Democrats proceed to push, that Republicans, together with myself, led reconnaissance excursions is verifiably false,” Loudermilk mentioned.

“To my data, nobody in that group was criminally charged in relation to January sixth . . . this sort of conduct is irresponsible and has actual penalties – together with ongoing demise threats to myself, my household, and my employees,” he mentioned.

Thursday’s hearings will function witnesses like Greg Jacob, a former counsel to former Vice President Mike Pence, and Decide Michael Luttig, a retired decide for the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court docket of Appeals and casual advisor to Pence.

The Home panel probing the US Capitol riot holds its second public listening to in Washington on June 13, 2022 Photograph: POOL by way of AFP / Jabin Botsford

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