The January 6 committee holds its third hearing

The video released by the committee on Tuesday appears to show a man taking pictures of tunnels, corridors and stairs inside the Capitol complex on January 5, 2021. (Capitol Police Surveillance Committee / January 6)

The select committee of the House investigating the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 has released images showing one of the people to whom Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia toured on January 5 was out building during the insurrection shouting threats on House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The video, parts of which were released by the committee on Wednesday, appears to show a man taking pictures of tunnels, corridors and stairs inside the Capitol complex while on a tour led by Loudermilk. The committee also posted pictures that appear to show the same man marching on the Capitol on January 6th.

The committee has not identified the man, but sources say the committee interviewed him. Nor has the committee provided evidence that the man in the video entered the Capitol on January 6.

The video released by the committee appears to challenge U.S. Capitol police findings, as detailed in a letter sent to Republican lawmakers this week, which said the department did a January 5 security image review. and did not observe any activity that he considered to be. suspicious or consistent with a reconnaissance route.

Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said the video shows Loudermilk “with a group of about 12 people who later became 15 people” walking through the Capitol’s office buildings on Jan. 5. Manger also claims that the group of visitors “did not appear in any tunnels”. that would take them to the United States Capitol. “

“On May 19, 2022, the Select Committee invited you to meet with us on evidence of a visit you provided on January 5, 2021. According to our review of the surveillance video, the activity of the social media and testimonials, we understand that you led a tour group in parts of the Capitol complex on January 5, 2021. This group stayed for several hours, even though the resort was closed to the public that day, “he said. on Wednesday the chairman of the committee, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi. new letter to Loudermilk.

“Surveillance footage shows a journey of about ten people driving by you to areas of the Rayburn, Longworth and Cannon House office buildings, as well as the entrances to the tunnels leading to the United States Capitol,” he added. “People on the tour photographed and recorded areas of the resort that are not usually of interest to tourists, including corridors, stairs and security checks.”

Loudermilk told CNN after the video was released on Wednesday that “the Capitol police have already put this false accusation to bed, but the committee is undermining the Capitol police and doubling their smear campaign, releasing the so-called evidence of a tour of the house’s office buildings, which I’ve already spoken about publicly. “

You can read more about the footage here.

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