Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) claimed Wednesday that members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot “did not ask” him to testify, despite writing several letters requesting him to answer questions about his role in leading a tour of the Capitol complex on January 5.
Loudermilk, who appeared on Fox News, dismissed the possibility of a nefarious character in the tour group. Host Laura Ingraham then asked, “Why don’t you want to testify, they say?”
“You didn’t ask me to,” Loudermilk replied. “They keep asking you to let me come. They pass this stuff on to the media, but they don’t send me the letters.”
Last month, the committee wrote to Loudermilk asking for voluntary cooperation after saying it had reviewed evidence contradicting previous claims by Republicans that there were “no tours, no large groups, no one with MAGA- given herding. ”
The committee contacted the Georgia Republican again on Wednesday after releasing video footage of a man attending Loudermilk’s tour calling out threats against Democrats the following day.
“We’re coming to get you out and pull you out by your hair,” the unnamed man said in video he captured outside the Capitol. “When I’m done with you, you need a shine on your bald head.”
In their new letter, lawmakers say the behavior of Loudermilk’s tour attendees “raises concern about their activities and intentions” at the Capitol.
“Persons on the tour photographed and recorded areas of the complex not normally of interest to tourists, including hallways, stairwells and security checkpoints,” the statement said.
On Tuesday, U.S. Capitol Police said there was “no evidence” that Loudermilk led a reconnaissance tour of the Capitol on Jan. 5. “We train our officers to be on the alert for anyone conducting surveillance or reconnaissance,” wrote Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger, “and we do not consider any activity we observe to be suspicious.”
Loudermilk referred to that letter Wednesday night to seek justification, adding that the committee could have used another avenue to get his attention.
“You could have picked up the phone and called me,” he claimed. “Everyone has a house phone book and could call my five-digit extension. A lot of them have my cell phone… I would have talked to them about it. I would have shared information because there is nothing there.”
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