On Monday night, Reps Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), together with the House Freedom Caucus, sent a to-the-point letter to U.S. Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger asking for “all reports, witness comments, and other material connected to the arrest” of those individuals as well as all security footage.”
The representatives are seeking for this information to “assist us to understand how these people could gain access to the U.S. House buildings after hours and walk around the complex unescorted with the apparent goal of harassing GOP offices.”
The letter also emphasizes parallels between January 6, 2021, and prior failures of the Democratic Party’s narrative on Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA).
“A lot has been said recently about unauthorised access to House office buildings, including debunked Democrat claims that Republican members conducted so-called reconnaissance trips of the Capitol Complex ahead of January 6. The events on June 16, however, actually resulted in arrests for unlawful entry, unlike the claims of reconnaissance tours made by the Democrats,” Representatives Davis and Jordan said.
Representative Davis had been on “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Friday night, announcing that when the GOP returns to session, they would be demanding answers. He is the ranking member of the House Committee on Administration, which has responsibility for the Capitol Police and House chamber management.
Rep. Jordan is the current ranking member of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. His office was among those that the people associated with Steven Colbert’s show attacked.
The seven people were arrested at the United States Capitol complex for being there after it had already closed to the general public and being unauthorized to be there. They had been asked to leave earlier in the day. Particularly interesting is that they were allowed back into the building by Democrats Adam Schiff and Jake Auchincloss.
The letter demands that Manger deliver the documents “as soon as feasible,” with options available. It continues, “If you are not able to promptly comply with this request because of ongoing police sensitivities, we ask that you certify you have taken all needed action to preserve the material in the U.S. Capitol Police’s custody or control.”