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Capitol Police Confirm Georgia GOP Congressman Led 15 Visitors on Tour of US Capitol Complex on Jan. 5

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The Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police has written a letter confirming that Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), had a group of 15 people tour the U.S. Capitol complex on January 5, the day before the violent and deadly insurrection, for at least two hours, but says they did not appear “suspicious.”

Calling it a “shifting story,” Politico reports “Loudermilk’s description of his tour group has changed markedly.” It adds the letter “confirms evidence that the Jan. 6 select committee said it had last month.”

It remains unknown if any of the group of 15 or so returned to the Capitol on January 6.

“Loudermilk has not identified any of the tour guests or indicated whether any of them were later seen in footage connected to the events of Jan. 6,” Politico adds.

CBS News’ Scott MacFarlane last month noted the U.S. Capitol buildings were closed to the public on January 5, 2021, because of COVID:

The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has been investigating Rep. Loudermilk’s tour, and the participants who the congressman first said were “about a dozen people,” then later called them “a constituent family with young children,” then later again added they had some “guests” join them.

“On January 5, 2021, Representative Loudermilk’s group of constituents (a group of approximately 12 people which later grew to 15 people) entered the Rayburn Building at 11:00 a.m, and was met by a Congressional staffer,” Chief of Police J. Thomas Manger says in his letter. “Shortly thereafter, the group departed from the building entrance (out of camera range but within the building) in the direction of Rayburn Room 2133 (Representative Loudermilk’s office.)”

At or after 1:00 PM the group “continued in the Cannon without Representative Loudermilk. At no time did the group appear in any tunnels that would have led them to the U.S. Capitol. In addition. the tunnels leading to the U.S. Capitol were posted with USCP officers and admittance to the U.S. Capitol without a Member of Congress was not permitted on January 5, 2021.”

“There is no evidence that Representative Loudermilk entered the U.S. Capitol with this group on January 5, 2021. We train our officers on being alert for people conducting surveillance or reconnaissance, and we do not consider any of the activities we observed as suspicious.”

Loudermilk has now used the letter to declare, “I never gave a tour of the Capitol on Jan 5, 2021,” but many include the Capitol office buildings, which are attached, as part of the Capitol.

“I’m sorry if I don’t distinguish between the two,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), of the Capitol and the offices, “because those rioters tried to get in every corner of these buildings.”

Dr. Allison Gill, who tweets under her former podcast’s name “Mueller She Wrote,” calls out Loudermilk and notes the head of the Proud Boys had a plan that “included occupying multiple government buildings.”

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Trump to Get His Facebook Account Back Two Years After Losing It for ‘Inciting Violent Insurrection’

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Donald Trump, the one-term ex-president who lost the 2020 election by 7 million votes and proceeded to incite a violent and deadly insurrection, will have his Facebook and Instagram accounts reinstated after losing them for what CEO Mark Zuckerberg one day after the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol said was the “use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government.”

Facebook’s parent company, Meta, “will allow former President Donald Trump to return to Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks, the company announced Wednesday,” CNBC reports.

Trump’s attorneys recently sent Meta a letter urging the social media behemoth allow the former president, who currently is under several federal and state criminal investigations as he launches a third run for the White House, to return.

“As a general rule, we don’t want to get in the way of open, public and democratic debate on Meta’s platforms – especially in the context of elections in democratic societies like the United States,” Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, wrote in a blog post announcing the decision, CNBC adds. “The public should be able to hear what their politicians are saying – the good, the bad and the ugly – so that they can make informed choices at the ballot box.”

READ MORE: Trump Moves to Return to Twitter and Facebook After Being Banned Over Risk of ‘Incitement of Violence’ and to Public Safety

At 8:36 PM on January 6, 2021, Facebook had publicly announced it was imposing a 24-hour block on then-President Donald Trump, following the deadly riot and insurrection on Capitol Hill. The following day Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the social media giant had banned Trump “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”

But later that year in June, Facebook’s Oversight Board decided Trump’s suspension would be in place for just two years, starting in January of 2021, but also appeared to make clear the suspension would be lifted after that time.

“When the suspension is eventually lifted,” Facebook’s Oversight Board said at the time — making clear the suspension would be lifted “when,” and not “if” — “there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts.”

 

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Santos to FEC: My $500,000 Personal Loan to My Campaign Wasn’t Actually From My Personal Funds

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U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY) revealed on Tuesday that the mysterious half-million dollars he had reported to the Federal Election Commission as a personal loan of his personal funds to his political campaign wasn’t actually from his personal funds.

The Daily Beast reports that Tuesday afternoon, “Santos’ political operation filed a flurry of amended campaign finance reports, telling the feds, among other things, that a $500,000 loan he gave to his campaign didn’t, in fact, come from his personal funds as he’d previously claimed.”

The question many have been asking remains the same: where did that money come from?

It remains unanswered.

And it’s not just the $500,000.

READ MORE: Watch: Top Trump Ally Lindsey Graham Defends Biden In Classified Docs Probe

“Another amended filing on Tuesday disclosed that a $125,000 ‘loan from the candidate’ in late October also did not come from his ‘personal funds,’ but like the $500,000 question, did not say where the money came from, when the loan was due, or what entity, if any, backed the money.”

One expert appeared stunned.

“Santos’ campaign might have unchecked the ‘personal funds of candidate’ box, but it is still reporting that the $500,000 came from Santos himself,” Brendan Fischer, deputy executive director of government watchdog Documented and a campaign finance expert, told The Daily Beast. “If the ‘loan from candidate’ didn’t actually come from the candidate, then Santos should come clean and disclose where the money really came from. Santos can’t uncheck a box and make his legal problems go away.”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s Robert Maguire provides the visual proof.

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Pence Had Classified Documents in His Home in Indiana, DOJ Now Reviewing: Report

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Former Vice President Mike Pence had classified documents at his home in Indiana that were found by attorneys last week. They were turned over to the FBI.

CNN reports there were about one dozen documents with classified markings found in the Carmel, Indiana home, despite earlier “repeated” claims by the former vice president to Donald Trump that he did not have any classified documents in his home.

“The FBI and the Justice Department’s National Security Division have launched a review of the documents and how they ended up in Pence’s house in Indiana,” CNN adds in its exclusive report.

READ MORE: ‘Growing Likelihood’ DOJ Will Slap Trump With ‘Appeal-Proof’ Charge for Jan. 6: Reporters

The news comes after President Joe Biden’s attorneys found classified documents in his office at the Penn-Biden Center, and later at his home in Delaware. The Dept. of Justice has appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents.

Ex-president Donald Trump also has a special counsel investigating his handling of classified documents, but that is a criminal investigation. Trump spent over a year refusing to hand over hundreds of classified documents which were unlawfully removed from the White House, and unlawfully retained by Trump.

In contrast, earlier Tuesday U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a top Trump ally, said he would be “shocked” if there were anything “sinister” with Biden’s handling of the classified materials.

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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