Guardian: The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has said it is possible that members of Congress could face prosecution if found to have “aided and abetted” the violent attack on the Capitol earlier this month that left five people dead.
Nancy Pelosi says lawmakers may be prosecuted if they 'aided and abetted' US Capitol riot – live https://t.co/QcVz3HdL2u
— The Guardian (@guardian) January 15, 2021
“Justice is called for as we address insurrection perpetrated against the Capitol last week,” the Democratic speaker told reporters on Friday.
Lawmakers gave groups "reconnaissance" tours of the Capitol one day before riots, Democratic congresswoman says https://t.co/WxR1xUHXcf
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 13, 2021
“If, in fact, it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to this insurrection,” the Democratic speaker said, “if they aided and abetted the crime, there may have to be actions taken beyond the Congress in terms of prosecution for that.”
Senator, it is becoming quite clear that the insurrectionists had help from ‘inside’ – the President, lawmakers, law enforcement at multiple levels, GOP donors, etc. Please, as a principled Republican, insist that these connections be investigated fully and prosecuted.
— Dr Deborah Meinke (@drdebmeinke) January 10, 2021
Pelosi’s comments came after Mikie Sherrill, a Democratic congresswoman of New Jersey, said she saw colleagues leading groups on “reconnaissance” tours of the Capitol a day before the riot.
Every one of those lawmakers who voted not to count state electoral votes on 1/6 should be expelled. The ones who the FBI determines aided & abetted the insurrection in any way should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
— Deborah H. Arrington (@DebarringtonH) January 10, 2021
More than 30 Democrats have signed on to a letter, spearheaded by Sherrill, seeking more information about the tours that took place at the Capitol on 5 January.