Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) lashed out in a letter and on Twitter at a Democratic colleague on Thursday claiming he had publicly accused her of leading pro-Trump insurrectionists on a tour of the Capitol the day before it was attacked — though he had never mentioned her by name.
“Rep. Sean Maloney made false and baseless conspiracy claims about me that led to death threats and hundreds of vile phone calls and emails,” Boebert tweeted, attaching a copy of her letter to the New York Democrat. “His comments were extremely offensive, shameful and dangerous.”
Maloney was quick to note that he never dropped her name during the MSNBC interview earlier this week that was referenced in her letter.
He fired back a terse tweet in response, writing: “Um, I’ve never said your name in public, @RepBoebert. Never. Not once. (If you’re going to be a gun nut, you probably shouldn’t go off half cocked.) I’ll tweet the transcript so you can see…but that might be like ‘a fact’, so might not help you.”
He included images of the transcript in a subsequent tweet.
The heated exchange follows Democrats’ demand this week for an investigation into whether members of Congress may have assisted the insurrectionists. Their insistence on a probe came after Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) said in a Facebook livestream on Tuesday that she saw a lawmaker giving a “reconnaissance” tour of the Capitol the day before the attack.
Maloney made a similar claim during the interview that set off Boebert, saying he could “confirm” that a tour of the Capitol had been given by a lawmaker.
“I don’t have firsthand knowledge of it,” Maloney said at the time. “But I spoke to a Member who saw it personally and he described it with some alarm.”
He continued: “Some of our new colleagues, the same ones, of course, who believe in conspiracy theories and who want to carry guns into the House Chamber, who today — today — have been yelling at Capitol Police. Shoving Capitol Police — who a week ago right now were risking their lives to save ours. This conduct is beyond the pale and extends to some of this interaction with the very people who attacked the Capitol.”
Maloney’s description does in fact fit Boebert, though it could also apply to other House members, as The Washington Post noted:
Boebert, in her letter, said Maloney’s interview led many to believe he was referring to her. The freshman House member does share some similarities with the unnamed lawmaker Maloney described. As a candidate, she vowed to carry her Glock to the Capitol. Her embrace of the QAnon conspiracy theory drew criticism during her run for office. And she refused to let Capitol Police search her bag after setting off metal detectors at the Capitol on Tuesday.
But several other Republicans also opposed the new security measures imposed on members of Congress following last week’s violence, and others have also claimed to carry firearms inside the Capitol building.
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