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The House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6 renewed its calls for information to Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-GA, on Wednesday.
The committee is seeking information related to a Capitol tour that Loudermilk made on January 5, 2021. While it is common for members of Congress to make such tours, the committee is suspicious of at least one of the attendees.
“Persons on the tour photographed and recorded areas of the complex that are not usually of interest to tourists, including hallways, stairways and security checkpoints,” the committee wrote in a letter to Loudermilk, adding that a number of the tour participants had also attended former President Donald Trump’s rally the following day.
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“According to video recordings of that day obtained by the Select Committee, the individual who appeared to photograph a staircase in the Longworth House office block filmed a companion with a flag pole appearing to have a pointed end who spoke to the camera saying, ‘This is for a certain person,’ while making an aggressive stinging motion,” the letter read.
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The letter goes on to allege that the individual and his companion made threatening statements regarding Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as well as New York Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jerry. Nadel.
The committee last asked Loudermilk to testify on the issue in mid-May. Wednesday’s request is just a request, however, and does not include a subpoena.
Loudermilk responded to the March request by pointing out that he only took the group on a tour of office buildings near the Capitol, not the Capitol itself. He also called on Capitol Hill police to release recordings of his tour.
“A constituent family with young children meeting their congressman at the House office buildings is not a suspect group or a ‘scouting tour,'” Loudermilk wrote at the time. “The family never entered the Capitol building.”
The letter comes as the committee postponed its Wednesday hearing due to “technical issues”.
The hearing scheduled for Wednesday was supposed to focus on Trump’s attempts to use the Justice Department in his bid to overturn the 2020 election results. Committee members, however, say the postponement is not a major issue .
“Yeah, it’s just technical issues,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, told Fox News when asked about the postponement. “I mean, we were, you know, the staff that put all the videos together, you know… It was overwhelming, so we’re trying to give them some space.”
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Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-California, also told Fox that Wednesday’s hearing will likely be scheduled for next week.
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