‘Squad’ Member Rep. Pressley’s ‘Panic’ Button Reportedly Sabotaged Prior to Capitol Insurrection

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Police departments and military commands across the United States are probing their membership for potential participation in the January 6 insurrection as Pentagon leaders issued a memorandum to all service members reminding them of their oaths ahead of the January 20 transition of power.

The panic button in the Capitol building office of US Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) was apparently destroyed before the January 6 storming of the building by supporters of US President Donald Trump, the congresswoman’s chief of staff reported on Wednesday.

Sarah Groh, Pressley’s chief of staff, related the incident to the Boston Globe on Tuesday, noting that the lawmaker’s staff noticed the missing button while rushing to barricade the door to Pressley’s office.

“The second I realized our ‘safe room’ from the violent white supremacist mob included treasonous, white supremacist, anti masker Members of Congress who incited the mob in the first place, I exited,” Pressley said on Twitter Tuesday, also making a connection between lawmakers who refused to wear masks and increasing number of her colleagues testing positive for COVID-19.

Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), another Squad member, said on an Instagram Live broadcast on Tuesday that she thought she might die during the insurrection, afraid that conservative colleagues might give away her location to the angry mob.

Indeed, subsequent analysis of photographs and video footage taken during the…

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