The GOP representative claims

  • On January 6, the commission released footage showing Representative Barry Laudermilk touring a Capitol rebel on January 5, 2021.
  • Loudermilk gave a lengthy explanation of the video to reporters in front of his office on Wednesday.
  • He claims that the man who was shown taking pictures of the stairwell took a picture of an eagle sconce.

Georgia’s Republican Barry Laudermilk tried to explain to reporters on Wednesday after the commission released security camera footage on Jan. 6 on an unofficial tour of the House’s office buildings the day before the Capitol riot.

One man who was on the tour, according to the committee, was in the Capitol the next day and made deadly threats against Democratic lawmakers.

“Tourists photographed and recorded areas of the complex that are not usually of interest to tourists, including corridors, staircases and checkpoints,” Commission Chair Benny Thompson of Mississippi said in a letter to Loudermilk on Wednesday. “The behavior of these people during the tour on January 5, 2021 raises concerns about their activities and intentions while in the Capitol complex.

According to the committee, the same man shown photographing a staircase in the basement of the Longworth House Office later posted a video of a man carrying a flagpole, “it looks like it has a sharp end,” saying: “This is for someone special, someone special. “The man is also heard saying,” There is no escape, Pelosi, Sumer, Nadler. We are coming for you. “

Speaking to reporters in front of his office on Wednesday afternoon, Loudermilk said the man was simply photographing a light fixture on the wall.

“If you go up that staircase, there’s oats with a golden eagle on the wall,” Loudermilk said. “That’s what he was filming.”

The Capitol Architect’s website includes an image of a candle, similar to what the man may have wanted to photograph.

Loudermilk added that tour participants, who took photos of checkpoints in the Rayburn and Cannon House office buildings, simply watched the trains lawmakers take to vote and the artifacts on display. The Capitol was closed to the public at the time due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“I mean, these are people who have never been to Washington, DC,” he said. “And they were here to visit their congressman. And they were excited.”

Asked about the man’s threats against Democratic MPs – including the threat to cut the hair of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – Loudermilk condemned the rhetoric and said he did not recognize the man’s voice.

“Obviously I don’t support any of him, but none of this group spoke or spoke that way,” Loudermilk said.

The Georgia Republican also opposed the January 6 release and the committee’s work, saying the media had access to the letter in front of him and that the committee was trying to create a “story” so the media could run with it. “

“If anyone wants to talk to me, I will talk to them, but they avoid me on the floor,” Loudermilk said, arguing that the committee was not really interested in him. The release came with a letter reiterating a request from the Georgia Republican to speak to the committee, which was originally sent nearly four weeks ago.

Loudermilk also cites a letter from U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Munger, published by Republican Representative Rodney Davis of Illinois on Tuesday, said police said they “did not consider any of the activities we monitored suspicious.”

“Capitol police looked at him, said there was nothing suspicious, because Capitol police know when visitors come, they take pictures,” he said.

The security camera footage, originally released by the commission on Wednesday, can be found below:

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