Official says commander of Capitol Police, Sergeant at Arms of House and Senate working with rioters, standing down security as well
Hearing a rumor just now that the insurrectionists were provided with interior maps of the Capitol by three House representatives. If true, these legislators should be expelled from Congress and charged with crimes. THIS IS NO JOKE.
— Richard Graus (@r_graus) January 9, 2021
NEW: House Democrats are concerned that Capitol rioters — who seemed to navigate the complex with ease — had hidden help. They plan to probe this, among other security concerns.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 9, 2021
CNN: House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Friday that the ease in which rioters were able to get into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday suggests that someone on the inside of the Capitol was “complicit” in the assault.
James Clyburn says "somebody on the inside" of Capitol was "complicit" in letting rioters inside the building https://t.co/mitPSKpwfQ
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 9, 2021
'They had a map of the tunnels [in the basement of the Capitol], and they were talking about how they're going to be able to stop Congress from leaving. They imagined that this was the day there were going to be mass executions of Congressmen.'https://t.co/qIjNYN4Kqd
— Leland #StayHome 🏡 #ThankYouGeorgia!🍑 (@daft_editor) January 9, 2021
“I do believe that something was going on,” Clyburn told CBSN anchor Lana Zak. “They knew where to go. I’ve been told … by some other Congress people that their staff are saying that they saw people being allowed into the building through side doors.
It seems increasingly clear that either Republicans in Congress or members of the Capitol police cooperated with the rioters: James Clyburn’s Whip’s office is in a very out-of-the-way place that even other Congress people don’t know about- but the rioters went there directly!
— David Habbel (@DrDavidHabbel) January 8, 2021
Who opened those side doors for these protesters, or I call them these mobsters, to come into the building, not through the main entrance where magnetometers are but through side doors. Yes, somebody on the inside of those buildings were complicit in this.”
Rep. James Clyburn tells CNN that, based on what he heard on the Trump call, "there could very well be criminal charges brought" by state and local officials in Georgia.
"I would hope that would be pursued," after Trump leaves office.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 5, 2021
Supporters of President Trump ransacked the building, forcing the evacuation of lawmakers who were meeting to count the Electoral College votes.
A person on the House Democrats' conference call tells me members talked about how the rioters didn't seem to be a directionless mob, that they could locate hard-to-find places in the Capitol, and that they told sheltering staffers they wanted to "arrest them for their crimes."
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 8, 2021
Clyburn suggested his inner office was targeted by the mob because there was “activity outside of my inner office where most people don’t know where that is.”
“The office with my name on the door was not touched. But the office where I do most of my work in, they were on that floor and outside that door,” the South Carolina Democrat said.
Clyburn also said he felt something was “amiss” Wednesday morning when he arrived at the Capitol and “the perimeter had not been established.”
“There were no security people on the steps. They were all out in a place which I thought gave low security,” he said, adding, “They were not just derelict. You could say they were complicit.”