According to CNN, video footage from the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol shows that a close ally of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) was inside the building.
CNN previously reported that Anthony Aguero, a conservative live-streamer, activist and associate of Greene, said on video following the riot that he had been among those who entered the building.
At the time of that February report, Aguero declined to answer if he had been inside when pressed by CNN. He claimed videos later posted to social media accounts from both inside the Capitol and outside were not his, but screen recorded from others.
The publicly posted videos of the riot reviewed by CNN’s KFile are now the first visual confirmation that Aguero went inside the building. Aguero previously confirmed to CNN that he was at the Capitol on January 6 and said he was an “independent journalist” there reporting the events.
Despite claiming he was there as a journalist, Aguero “appears to have never uploaded any footage he took inside the Capitol to Facebook or Instagram,” CNN reported.
However, Aguero “can be heard chanting ‘heave ho’ as rioters were attempting to break in on the West Side of the Capitol,” the news outlet said, citing videos on which CNN has previously reported.
He also said “a message was sent” in a video recorded immediately after the siege and “later described those who broke in as ‘patriots,’” per the report.
CNN said it is unclear how long Aguero spent inside the Capitol or how he gained entrance.
Footage shows Aguero inside the Capitol, just inside and just outside the Rotunda near what are known as the Columbus Doors. The historic bronze doors on the East Front of the Capitol, facing the Supreme Court, were first installed in 1863 and sustained damage from rioters who broke into the building through them.
In one video, posted on Instagram, Aguero is briefly seen inside the Rotunda among rioters as they are held back by police. In another video, Aguero appears to be exiting the Rotunda, though it is unclear where he goes because he disappears into the crowd.
Per the report, Greene has “worked closely” with Aguero:
Greene and Aguero have worked closely together over the years on causes such as immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border wall and have attended pro-Trump rallies together. In many since-deleted videos saved by CNN’s KFile, Greene repeatedly calls Aguero “amazing” and a “friend.” On social media, Aguero has called Greene “one of my closest friends.”
Prior to January’s riot at the Capitol, Greene was photographed with Aguero in Washington at the “March for Trump” post-election rally, also known as the Million MAGA March, on November 14, 2020, where Greene spoke. Following Greene’s speech, Aguero accompanied Greene off the stage in a video of the rally. A November tweet of the pair at the rally was liked by Greene.
“Aguero declined to comment and Greene’s office did not respond to requests for comment,” CNN said.
Image credit: Screengrab / Real Anthony Aguero / YouTube