Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) said during a live webcast on Tuesday that she saw members of Congress taking people on tours through the Capitol on Jan. 5, the day before Trump supporters would storm the building.
NorthJersey.com reported that Sherrill described the tours as “reconnaissance for the next day.”
Sherrill did not specify whether the “groups” were Trump supporters or detail what took place during the “reconnaissance.” The term refers to an exploratory mission for the purpose of gaining information.
The Washington Post reported that “The FBI and the U.S. Capitol Police also did not immediately respond to messages about whether the agencies are investigating the claim.”
The Post also noted that Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot, “spent nearly 10 years on active duty as a helicopter pilot flying missions across Europe and the Middle East.”
The Democratic congresswoman also explained in the webcast why she voted for a resolution asking Vice President Mike Pence to remove President Trump from office using the 25th Amendment — a measure that passed Tuesday in a 223-205 vote, according to the report.
Pence informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday that he would not invoke the amendment.
That makes it likely that the House will, for the second time, impeach Trump on Wednesday. Sherrill said she intends to support an article of impeachment against Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”
After laying out her reasons for seeking Trump’s removal, Sherrill moved on to those of her congressional colleagues who, she said, “abetted” the president’s attempt to overturn the results of the election and undermine democracy by inciting a violent mob.
Sherrill said she would see that those lawmakers are “held accountable and, if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.”
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