Suggestions that the rioters that stormed the US Capitol on 6 January were assisted by some congressional members have emerged over the week, with House Majority Whip James Clyburn alleging that the Capitol attackers were aware of certain office locations inside the building.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that any congressional lawmaker who aided the rioters during the deadly January 6 Capitol attack would face criminal prosecution.
The House Speaker tapped retired Army Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré to carry out “an immediate review of the Capitol’s security infrastructure, interagency processes and procedures, and command and control.”
When asked about allegations by some House Democrats that rioters may have been aided by sitting members of Congress, Pelosi said it would be “looked into”.
Concerns that some lawmakers were complicit in the January 6 Capitol building attack were voiced earlier in the week, particularly by House Majority Whip James Clyburn, who noted that the Capitol attackers knew the precise location of his otherwise unmarked office.
The allegations are supported by many other Democrats, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said that she “didn’t feel safe around other members of Congress”, some of whom, she suggested, would “create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, etc.”.
Representative Val Demings called the Capitol…