A Democratic congresswoman with impeccable credentials has leveled a grave accusation at as-yet unspecified House Republicans for direct complicity in Trump’s attempted insurrection last week.
Rep. Mickie Sherrill (D-NJ) told a stunned Facebook live stream audience (video below) that she caught members of Congress giving tours of the Capitol to some of the MAGA thugs who would violate the seat of the federal government just one day later.
“When the COVID contact tracing is done,” said a source familiar with Speaker Pelosi’s thinking told Occupy Democrats before last night’s livestream, “and the criminal indictments are presented, then it will become clear just where these Republican members were before, during and after the President’s insurrection; and just how much a risk they pose to others.”
“We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the President overturn the election results,” began Rep. Sherrill, the former Navy Sea King helicopter pilot who went to law school and became a federal prosecutor before joining Congress as the representative from New Jersey’s 11th district.
“So, not only do I intend to see that the President is removed and never runs for office again, and doesn’t have access to classified material,” said Rep. Sherrill before revealing shocking details when she said:
“I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him, those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol, that I saw on January 5th in reconnaissance for the next day.
Those members of Congress that incited that violent crowd; those members of Congress attempted to help our president undermine our democracy. I’m going to see that they’re held accountable, and if necessary, ensure they don’t serve in Congress.”
It’s a grave accusation that could carry implications far beyond a House Republican’s ability to serve. The gravest criminal penalties are prescribed by law for insurrection, sedition and other rarely invoked laws to punish those who would act treasonously towards the federal government.
Three members of Congress, Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Mo Brooks (R-AL) reportedly worked closely with convicted felon Ali Alexander, the “official organizer” of the “Stop the Steal” rally that became Trump’s insurrection mob.
Under the third section of the constitution’s 14th Amendment—drafted to bar Confederate turncoats from serving in office—applies to any person who engages in insurrection or rebellion against America cannot hold a United States office, including remaining in Congress.
Constitutional lawyer Deepak Gupta says Congress could pass a bar to service under the 14th Amendment with simple majority votes, which is highly likely to happen in the near future after control of the Senate passes to the Democratic party when Georgia’s two new senators are sworn in.
America will never be the same after a rabid mob tried to disrupt our democratic process. But it’ll be a safer place after Trump and his congressional Republican coup plotters are caught, tried by a jury, and if the facts prove it, locked up for a long time.
Watch Rep. Sherill’s video here:
"Members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan 5 as reconnaissance for the next day. Those members of Congress attempted to help our president undermine our democracy." – @RepSherrill.
She's a former federal prosecutor.pic.twitter.com/Sjj1pYoffI
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) January 13, 2021
Breaking: Rep. Mikie Sherrill says that some members of Congress led groups of people through the Capitol Building on a "reconnaissance" tour one day before the riot that laid a deadly siege on the government's legislative branch.https://t.co/ymIRnJLAff
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 13, 2021
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition