A top official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday indicated that investigators are examining the role members of Congress might have played in last week’s brutal assault on the U.S.Capitol – signaling that members found to have assisted may face more than just censure or removal.
Asked during a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaKKf_sNP84&ab_channel=PBSNewsHour” target=”_blank” class=”color-link” title=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaKKf_sNP84&ab_channel=PBSNewsHour” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=”ExternalLink:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaKKf_sNP84&ab_channel=PBSNewsHour” aria-label=”press briefing”>press briefing whether the FBI is looking into Congressional employees and lawmakers, Assistant Director Steven D’Antuono replied that the Bureau is “looking at every piece of the puzzle” and “not leaving any stone unturned.”
“We’re looking at anyone and everyone,” D’Antuono said at another point in the briefing.
The revelation comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said if any lawmakers were found to have been “accomplices” to the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol, action would be taken “beyond the Congress, in terms of prosecution.”
Several Democratic lawmakers have signaled distrust of some of their more Trump-aligned GOP colleagues, with Rep.Mikie Sherrill (D-Va.) even https://www.forbes.com/sites/siladityaray/2021/01/13/lawmakers-led-reconnaissance-tours-of-the-capitol-ahead-of-last-weeks-riots-democratic-congresswoman-alleges/” target=”_self” class=”color-link” title=”https://www.forbes.com/sites/siladityaray/2021/01/13/lawmakers-led-reconnaissance-tours-of-the-capitol-ahead-of-last-weeks-riots-democratic-congresswoman-alleges/” data-ga-track=”InternalLink:https://www.forbes.com/sites/siladityaray/2021/01/13/lawmakers-led-reconnaissance-tours-of-the-capitol-ahead-of-last-weeks-riots-democratic-congresswoman-alleges/” aria-label=”alleging”>alleging some led “reconnaissance” tours for groups involved in the attack just one day before it occurred.
The Capitol Police is also looking into whether lawmakers assisted the attack, Rep.Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) confirmed, while Pelosi said several House committees would investigate whether any Capitol Police officers assisted.
Several Trump allies in Congress have faced allegations of connections to the Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol.Rep.Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/12/nation/colorado-republican-tweeted-about-pelosis-location-during-capitol-siege-shes-now-facing-calls-resign/” target=”_blank” class=”color-link” title=”https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/12/nation/colorado-republican-tweeted-about-pelosis-location-during-capitol-siege-shes-now-facing-calls-resign/” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=”ExternalLink:https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/01/12/nation/colorado-republican-tweeted-about-pelosis-location-during-capitol-siege-shes-now-facing-calls-resign/” aria-label=”tweeted about”>tweeted about Pelosi’s whereabouts during the attack along with https://twitter.com/laurenboebert/status/1346811381878845442?s=20″ target=”_blank” class=”color-link” title=”https://twitter.com/laurenboebert/status/1346811381878845442?s=20″ rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=”ExternalLink:https://twitter.com/laurenboebert/status/1346811381878845442?s=20″ aria-label=”supportive messages”>supportive messages to the mob.“#StopTheSteal” organizer Ali Alexander https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/01/13/ali-alexander-capitol-biggs-gosar/” target=”_blank” class=”color-link” title=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/01/13/ali-alexander-capitol-biggs-gosar/” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=”ExternalLink:https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/01/13/ali-alexander-capitol-biggs-gosar/” aria-label=”said”>said he got assistance from Reps.Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) in organizing the rally, and that the four of them “schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting.”
Boebert has https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/01/15/maloney-boebert-capitol-tour-riot/” target=”_blank” class=”color-link” title=”https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/01/15/maloney-boebert-capitol-tour-riot/” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=”ExternalLink:https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/01/15/maloney-boebert-capitol-tour-riot/” aria-label=”denied”>denied giving tours to groups involved in the attack, claiming she has been falsely accused and received “death threats and hundreds of vile phone calls and emails” as a result.
“I did not conspire with criminals that attacked the U.S.Capitol on January 6,” she wrote in a letter to Rep.Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.).
“I do believe that something was going on,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told https://www.cbsnews.com/news/james-clyburn-says-somebody-on-the-inside-of-capitol-was-complicit/” target=”_blank” class=”color-link” title=”https://www.cbsnews.com/news/james-clyburn-says-somebody-on-the-inside-of-capitol-was-complicit/” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer” data-ga-track=”ExternalLink:https://www.cbsnews.com/news/james-clyburn-says-somebody-on-the-inside-of-capitol-was-complicit/” aria-label=”CBS News”>CBS News.”They knew where to go…
staff are saying that they saw people being allowed into the building through side doors,” he claimed, stating flatly: “Somebody on the inside of those buildings were complicit in this.”
What To Watch For
D’Antuono expressed confidence that the FBI would uncover all those involved in the attack, telling suspects: “Every FBI field office is looking for you…even your friends and family are tipping us off.So you might want to consider turning yourself in instead of wondering when we’re gonna come knocking on your door.
Because we will.”