The House’s select committee on January 6 released a video Wednesday of Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk giving a January 5 tour of the Capitol in which one man was captured snapping pictures of tunnels, hallways and security checkpoints.
The committee said in the video’s introduction that it was the same man who made ‘detailed and disturbing threats against specific Members of Congress,’ according to Chair Bennie Thompson, in a letter sent to Loudermilk Wednesday, again asking him to cooperate.
‘There’s no escape Pelosi, Schumer, Nadler – we’re coming for you,’ the unidentified individual is heard saying as he filmed the swarm of Trump supporters outside the Capitol on January 6. ‘We’re coming to take you out.’
The House’s select committee on January 6 released a video Wednesday of Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk (left) giving a January 5 tour of the Capitol in which one man was captured snapping pictures of tunnels, hallways and security checkpoints
A man on a tour with Rep. Barry Loudermilk is captured taking a photo of a staircase in the Rayburn House Office Building. The man isn’t identified by the January 6 select committee, but a new video claims he also said ‘we’re coming for you’ about prominent Democrats
The same man is seen photographing corridors in the Longworth House Office Building during what the committee said was a January 5 tour. Capitol Police said Monday that officers had reviewed the footage and seen nothing suspicious
‘We’re coming in like white on rice, for Pelosi, Nadler, Schumer- even you AOC,’ he said, using the nickname for progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
‘We’ll pull you out by your hairs. How about that Pelosi?’ he continued. ‘You may as well make yourself another appointment. When I get done with you. You’re going to need a shine up on top of that bald head,’ the man said.
The man’s video also shows him with a companion who had sharpened the tip of his flagpole and boasted, ‘It’s for a certain person.’
The committee’s video then shows a man – who they say is the one who was speaking – on the tour with Loudermilk the day before the attack, photographing the tunnel leading from the Rayburn House Office Building to the Capitol, a Hallway in the Longworth House Office Building and one of the security checkpoints.
The January 6 select committee has not publicly identified the man, though CNN reported Wednesday that he has been interviewed by members.
‘Individuals on the tour photographed and recorded areas of the complex not typically of interest to tourists including hallways, staircases and security checkpoints,’ Thompson’s letter to Loudermilk points out.
It also notes that the Capitol complex was closed to guests that day.
Thompson’s letter asks Loudermilk to ‘meet with the Select Committee at your earlier convenience.’
So far, the Republican from Georgia hasn’t spoken with the Democrat-led committee.
On Tuesday, the congressman’s office released a statement highlighting an Associated Press story that said the Capitol Police determined there was nothing suspicious about the tour of two Capitol office buildings given by Loudermilk.
In a letter Monday, Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said that Loudermilk was simply showing his constituents around.
Loudermilk had previously argued that he was taking a constituent family on a tour of the House office buildings and not the Capitol itself.
Manger said police reviewed surveillance video of Loudermilk giving a tour of the Rayburn and Cannon House Office buildings
‘At no time did the group appear in any tunnels that would have led them to the U.S. Capitol,’ Manger said in the letter.
‘There is no evidence that Representative Loudermilk entered the U.S. Capitol with this group on January 5, 2021,’ the letter said. ‘We train our officers on being alert for people conducting surveillance or reconnaissance, and we do not consider any of the activities we observed as suspicious,’ Manger added.
Rep. Barry Loudermilk, pictured on the House floor, called out the January 6 select committee in a statement to DailyMail.com saying they were ‘doubling down on their smear campaign’ and pushing a ‘false narrative’
In a statement released to DailyMail.com, the congressman said that the Capitol Police ‘already put this false accusation to bed.’
Loudermilk called out the select committee for ‘doubling down on their smear campaign’ and pushing a ‘false narrative.’
‘As Capitol Police confirmed, nothing about this visit with constituents was suspicious,’ the Georgia Republican said. ‘The pictures show children holding bags from the House gift shop, which was open to visitors, and taking pictures of the Rayburn train.’
He also pointed out that nowhere he traveled with the constituent group was breached by the MAGA mob the next day, additionally ‘no one in that group was criminally charged in relation to January 6th.’
‘Once again, the Committee released this letter to the press, and did not contact me. This type of behavior is irresponsible and has real consequences – including ongoing death threats to myself, my family, and my staff,’ Loudermilk said.