Democratic Rep. Mikie Sherrill says Congress members gave 'reconnaissance' tours day before Capitol raid




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  • 2021-01-13 18:34:06Z
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Rep. Mikie Sherrill, during a live webcast Tuesday evening, said she witnessed some members of Congress leading people through the Capitol on Jan. 5 in what she termed a "reconnaissance for the next day," when insurrectionists took part in a deadly siege on the legislative branch.

During the Facebook Live, Sherrill, D-Montclair, addressed her constituents to explain why she voted for a resolution to ask Vice President Mike Pence to remove President Donald Trump from office by invoking the 25th Amendment. That measure passed late Tuesday, 223-205, but Pence had notified House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier in the day that he would not comply with the request.

That makes it likely that the House will, for the second time, impeach Trump on Wednesday. Sherrill said she intends to support an article of impeachment against Trump for "incitement of insurrection."

After laying out her reasons for seeking Trump's removal, Sherrill moved on to those of her congressional colleagues who, she said, "abetted" the president's attempt to overturn the results of the election and undermine democracy by inciting a violent mob.

"I'm going to see they are held accountable and, if necessary, ensure that they don't serve in Congress," she said, speaking sedately, but severely.

Sherrill's commentary on her colleagues is below:

Sherrill did not specify whether the "groups" were Trump supporters or detail what took place during the "reconnaissance." The term refers to an exploratory mission for the purpose of gaining information.

A call to Sherrill was not immediately returned late Tuesday evening.

The military reference was accompanied by other strong words from Sherrill, as she rebuked politicians who she said are opposed to the core values of American democracy.

"For all of those who refuse to participate in this democracy, refuse to see power turned over peacefully, who refuse to heed the will of the people, as we do in a democracy" Sherrill said, "we are now on different sides of this line."

The newly reelected member of the House also took on the authorities charged with defending the Capitol, in particular those who now face charges for their alleged involvement in the mayhem.

"We can't have a democracy if too many members of our police and our military are acting to overturn it and undermine it," Sherrill said.

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