UPDATED Rep. Mikie Sherrill Says Members of Congress Gave Groups ‘Reconnaissance’ Tours of Capitol

UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.): Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), joined by more than 30 members of Congress, have requested an investigation from the Acting House Sergeant at Arms, Acting Senate Sergeant at Arms, and United States Capitol Police into access given to visitors to the Capitol Complex on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 – the day before the attacks on the Capitol.

“Many of the Members who signed this letter, including those of us who have served in the military and are trained to recognize suspicious activity, as well as various members of our staff, witnessed an extremely high number of outside groups in the complex on Tuesday, January 5,” wrote the Members. “This is unusual for several reasons, including the fact that access to the Capitol Complex has been restricted since public tours ended in March of last year due to the pandemic.

“The tours being conducted on Tuesday, January 5, were a noticeable and concerning departure from the procedures in place as of March 2020 that limited the number of visitors to the Capitol. These tours were so concerning that they were reported to the Sergeant at Arms on January 5.”

Rep. Mikie Sherrill told constituents Tuesday she intends not only to see the President removed from office for his role in the deadly attack on the Capitol, but also any members of Congress who abetted him.

In a Facebook Live video, Sherrill said she would support impeaching the President for “incitement of insurrection.”

“We can’t have a democracy if members of congress are actively helping the President overturn the election results,” Sherrill said. “Not only do I attend to see that the President is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material; I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on January 5, a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our President undermine our democracy; I’m going to see that they are held accountable and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.”

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38 COMMENTS

  1. One again, a Democrat makes unfounded claims. Where is the proof? You have done nothing since you got elected.

  2. All this self righteous finger pointing. Got to love it. Chuck Schumer warned Trump that “they have 6 ways to Sunday to get you.” All this malarky is like watching the show Blacklist. Makes me think the cabal is real. Look at the money….Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Feinstein, etc all used politics to become very rich but they are honest and decent. Trump is going to lose his businesses and tons of money but he is corrupt. mmm (let’s not forget his corp employs 30,000 people) I get it, his personality leaves a lot to be desired but destroying him will haunt this country way longer than the things he said…and some cases the things people think he said. When I watch the news it makes me think of this …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHxGUe1cjzM

  3. I totally agree the last thing we need is another politician making an unsupported allegation. And, unless objectivity has left the building, I have not read or heard supporting facts. I’m inclined to believe it, but I know there are no facts. She may have facts she is not sharing, but then she would be advancing her agenda, however righteous it may be, in a reckless way. It would be another example of the Ends Justifying The Means. We should print that on our currency.

    On the other hand flipside, capitalism doesn’t care about haunted & whatever haunted means. It doesn’t care about equality. It doesn’t concern itself with anything but optimizing the best use of capital.

    have to laugh. We live in an era when the Girls Scouts are fighting with the Boy Scouts. In 60 years of the WH, we have had an assassination , a resignation (two if you count VPs), three impeachments, and a boatload of really morally ‘problematic’ behavior. I’m used to it now. Why should I be concerned the younger generations will be so flummoxed by all this? Money?

  4. So, 147 members of Congress voted to overturn the election results. We only have 30 representatives that have only put their name to only a letter requesting only an investigation. These are certainly only the facts. Some say the 147 votes are proof the election was unfair. And we said “bye-bye” to them. Now, just because 30, yes only 30, Democrats (where are the rest?) signed a letter makes this meaningful? With all the other news, this is meaningful?

    I don’t blame politicians. This is their trade. But, I do think the media could work just a titch harder on their impressions of Edward R Murrow.

  5. I just caught Rep Carson’s (D-IN) comments on CNN on why he signed. He is a member of the Intelligence Comm. He served in an anti-teroism group at the state level. I listened very carefully. The network media really should be ashamed. There is no longer journalism. It is just option shows now. I’m not asking for fair journalism.

    I’m just asking for a semblance of it. Is that so hard?

  6. Frank…by haunted I meant as a country we seem to be heading towards mob rule. Something our Founding Fathers greatly feared. That’s why we have the Electoral College and we are a Representative Republic not a pure Democracy. As for capitalism…not a perfect system but when studying world history it sure beats plowing a field behind a mule for a wealthy landowner. At least todays serfdom provides a more comfortable lifestyle and upward mobility.
    Politics is all about money…let’s not kid ourselves. Do you really think the Green New Deal is about saving the planet??? If you do, can we play poker sometime? The big money has moved out of fossil fuels into green energy. How do they guarantee huge profits? Why forcing public opinion and most importantly changing government policy. Tadah! Elect an old retread with early stage dementia and a VP that couldn’t get 1% of the vote in the primary. The puppet masters pull the strings and here comes trillions in green energy initiatives. Buy policy for a few million bucks and get billions in return. I am all for renewable energy but we don’t even know if green energy is even good for the environment. Sure our shiny tax payer subsidized Telsas are cool but where did the batteries come from? Destroying pristine land Tibet, Africa, and South America…but who cares. What you don’t see won’t hurt you and the big money will not let you see it. What will become of the toxic solar panels and batteries when their life span is over? A landfill out west I guess, flyover country, who cares. Why think ahead. There is a ton of money to be made. Hydro would be a great solution but there is no money in it.

  7. “All this self righteous finger pointing. Got to love it.”

    Yes, all this self righteous finger pointing on behalf of your POTUS, Cruz, Hawley, etc espousing electoral fraud that has literally fractured this country since Biden won the election fair and square.

    You are all mixed up flipside. So very mixed up! You are not one of those who believes the fix was in, are you?

  8. I’m confused why the puppet masters would allow mob rule?

    Over 50% of men over 50 have early stage dementia. The problem is we can’t diagnose it. :). Who cares about VP’s?

    Hydro doesn’t scale because it is inefficient and on shore. And you are surprised there is no money in it? It’s cousin is wind technology? Propellers? Seriously?

    Off-topic, but I read somebody branded their social app Telegraph… and it is trending.

  9. Silver…come on now be nice. You are trying, very lamely I might add, to put words in my mouth and twist what I am saying. Let me clarify…most politicians are corrupt. That includes both sides of the aisle. Look at the money our long time representatives (families) walk away with. By corrupt I mean that they do what is best for the people that put money in their pockets and not necessarily what is best for the country. It is what is. It is all a show. Place your bets on what big money wants and you win every time. Is that cynical…yup, and sad because it’s true. By the way, unlike the TDS crowd Biden is my POTUS now. I put my money on him and what his donors want last summer. All good here!

  10. Frank, If the puppet masters control the mob it works…until they lose control. Instability breeds opportunity…a little social unrest is good thing. Ask Portland..
    Who cares about the VP? Do you think Biden will last 4 years? Doubt it.
    Everything is fun and game right now. Biden plans on printing more money, stocks will rise, essentials will become more expensive and squeeze the middle class especially the deplorables, but….there is always a dark cloud on the horizon. I hope it stays there but North Korea and Iran are chomping a the bit to cause physical trouble. China and Russia have done due diligent hacking tests. Let’s hope Honest Joe can appease the hostiles before they act. Heck, maybe he can put a few bucks in pocket while he is at it.

  11. Back in the day we called instability change. Before me, Mother Nature called it evolution. We agree on the benefits whatever we call it. I also believe in speed. It’s a lubricant for change.

    Trump&Pence / Biden & Harris / Hawley & Cruz – we are all replaceable. The world will work with whatever is available. The 1st Rule of Humanity.

  12. It’s pretty dumb to jump down the “there is no proof” rabbit hole here. The facts are actually pretty clear and indisputable. Capital tours and any access to the public has been been on hold since last March due to the pandemic. Any opening up to the inside of the Capital would require a congressman/woman or a member of their staff. This per the Capital police. The groups of citizens were observed and reported to the the Capital police on the 5th. The logical answer is usually the right one. Sheesh.

  13. flipside – ” . . . destroying him will haunt this country way longer than the things he said.”

    You got that wrong too and I detect a whiff of lingering compassion which speaks volumes . . . “his personality leaves a lot to be desired.” Really now, his personality? To my knowledge, lack of personality is not a twice impeachable offense. You still have not completely and resolutely repudiated him!

    Politically, he must be destroyed via the upcoming Senate impeachment trial in that he must be stripped of all future opportunity to run for any political office. As to what happens to him and his family after he leaves office via impending civil and criminal charges, well, he has no one to blame but himself.

  14. The logical answer. Wow.

    Logical in which culture? Logical in which system of justice?
    Look… (it’s all the rage now to start a sentence this way…not sure why looking should replace listening). Anyway, look (gotcha), it’s fine with me. We can use layperson logic and get rid of all the attorneys. And the best part is it doesn’t have to meet an unusual degree of certainty. It just has to be usually right. What a system! Love it! Which candidates are running on this platform because I am going to vote for them (multiple times) at each one of their elections.

  15. Silver…there is good in everyone and yes, I feel compassion for everyone as well. The first impeachment was a total political joke as was the second. All theater which you obviously enjoyed. Why are the Dems so afraid he will run again? I smell a fish. Do I like the guy…nope. But did he undo Joe Biden prison bill, yup, did negotiate better trade deals, yup even Biden admitted it, did he fund Black Colleges, yup, did negotiate peace in the Middle East something John Kerry said would never ever happen, yup. There is a pretty big list of positives. Did he make boneheaded remarks, yup, did create his misery, yup. The world is very different when not viewed through Don Lemon glasses. Sorry you spent the last four years in misery. Quite sad…the only change you will see the next four is higher cost of living. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Peace out.

  16. Not getting into a policy discussion; the country is far beyond that now. We have bigger problems to solve courtesy of your outgoing President.

    He is a morally bankrupt, remorseless, insatiable black hole, devouring everything in his orbit, without a shred of ethical compunction or human decency. Years from now, when it is all said and done, when the political dust has finally settled and when time has given us a sense of perspective, his punishment will be relegation to the trash heap of history, his name besmirched for time immemorial. Yes, that will his ultimate, irrevocable and indelible legacy. I hope he thinks the trip was worth it.

    That said, at least you got the lyrics right!

  17. Silver, Since you have declared yourself the smartest guy and the room, judge and jury, and a history writer ala Nostradamus there is no point taking this any further. Tuesday Joe Biden will be my president…do have a problem with that? I will go along my merry way like have my whole life. Treating all beings with respect regardless of theirs race, gender, political views, etc. doing my best to feel love and compassion even for those I disagree with. (not always easy) Anger has no home here! I follow the the advice found in Matthew 7:1-3 especially 3.

  18. You do that flipside. You go along your merry way impersonating a suburban Dalai Lama with five dead, dozens injured and our Capitol desecrated. Your forbearance is shameful regardless of party affiliation, whatever that is.

  19. Dalai Lama….I am so honored to be mentioned in the same breath but quite far reality. BTW, that reminded me of another positive act the Bad Orange Man did. He stood up for Tibet and the Dalai Lama making sure that the next Dalai Lama will be predicted by the current one not by the Chinese Communist Party. A very bold act that infuriated the Chinese but cheered by Buddhists around the world.
    I have no party affiliation and could make many points about how I think Trump is a bit too much but that is well covered here. (flipside…get it?) What makes me laugh is the blind faith that only Dems do good. Keep in mind that Trump was a life long Democrat until he ran for President. In fact, there was always a long line of Democrat politicians standing in line waiting to kiss his behind…what happened?

  20. Trump was never a lifelong anything. He has always used and exploited party affiliation as a self-serving means to an end. You fail to recognize that duplicitous trait in him. He is and has always been the center of his own universe praying at the alter of no one other than his malignant narcissistic self.

    Welcome to the wrong side of history!

  21. You are right. Trump is self serving. He admitted in 2016 he knew how politics works because he had been buying politicians for a long time. Mike Bloomberg admitted he buys congressional seats…didn’t catch himself in time during the debate.
    There are no narcissist Democrats…no sir..no one self-serving over here. Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Biden all multimillionaires ….nope, never dipped into the taxpayer pot. All legit.
    Wrong side of history?? What the hell is that? No such thing. You do realize that is an illogical phrase coined by narcissists to give the illusion of validity to their opinions.

  22. It’s hard to lose the popular vote twice, and be impeached twice, if you have an inspiring message for America’s voters. Credit where credit is due.

  23. That an indictment of America.

    If you check with the rest of the inhabitants on the planet, they have been alternating between horror, pity, and just good old laughter. The American Century is done…objectively speaking.

  24. Frank, Why so glum? Joe Biden is coming to the rescue. This is the dawning of kumbaya in America. A chicken in every pot, pot in everything we smoke and eat, everything is free…except for speech but who cares.
    Or…as a Russian friend recently said to me, “I risked my life leaving Russia and now the same A**holes are taking over here.”
    We are at a tipping point. Maybe all will be good maybe it will go bad. America has made it through tough times before. As long as they don’t mess with the Constitution we will be fine.
    Ball of Confusion was written in 1970…50 years later we are right back where we started.

  25. To your friend, we have better pot and better vaccines. I’m admittedly conflicted on who has better consumer encryption apps, which government spies on its people more (I think Russia is too busy spying on us to do a good job domestically, etc etc.

    It is absolutely inevitable we need to implement universal healthcare and then single payer. Of course, I do laugh when people argue its socialist, but want their COVID vaccine. Thankfully, we have the constant of religion as the Constitution gets modified all the time. We need to protect freedom of religion. 😎

  26. Frank, Once we have single payer it’s back to the 70’s again. There will “free” public healthcare and then private healthcare for those who opt to pay for private insurance. The best doctors and hospitals will private. Right back where we started from…

  27. No worries. The doctors and hospitals were self-policing themselves back then, too.

    I’m surprised you think private hospitals are better. Mountainside is private.

    And it will pay for itself if we can get our arms around the over-billing and align the contributions equitably. Disagree if you like, & until the cows come home, but don’t confuse the cost issue with quality. And don’t confuse it with the 2-percenters.

  28. And, truth be told, this is where the medical profession is permeated by self-interests In incrementalism. The key to what we consider good healthcare is diagnostics. And just like pilots v. drones, we could have the advanced diagnostics capacity through the country. We have the capacity…as you point out. Cleveland Clinic s my poster child institution.

    We are doing medicine much the way we did it with script pads and dictation machines. Frankly, a 3rd grader at Bradford had more technology than a typical board certified physician. And we are proposing to emulate the Europeans? They are more backward than most. All in all, a stupid conversation with a predictable & myopic solutions. But, let’s keep up the dribble.

    PS: half the industry voted for Trump.

  29. Frank, You misunderstood my point. Once we go to single payer there will be a healthy market for private hospitals with the best doctors. Those hospitals and doctors will charge more and private insurance will follow. Back to 70’s where every hospital had a clinic. A 2 tiered system of health care. The wheels go round and round.

  30. flipside, a free people & citizenry needs to make sure ‘single payer’ legislation does not overtly or covertly limit or restrict independent medical practice and private insurance. If it does, the healthy, rational & effective model you’re describing disappears.

  31. Maureen…no worries. Members of Congress and the billionaires that put them there will make sure they can get the best health care.

  32. Rep. Sherrill, thank you for your efforts pertaining to this investigation. When Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency in August of 1974, no National Guardsman went on alert in Washington D.C. Not a single one. Today approx. 25,000 will be posted to protect our government officials and citizens from the threat of repeated tyranny and insurrection by domestic terrorists! Consider that for a moment as our new Chief Executive is sworn in. A sobering thought to be sure, but for today, let us revel in the moment of an autocrat-free Presidency.

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