“Republicans seek DOJ briefing on claims of ‘suspicious’ pre-Jan. 6 Capitol tours”

Politico:

The GOP letter comes nearly three months after thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol and sent lawmakers fleeing for safety, delaying the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. More than 100 police officers were injured, including one who died hours after the attack, and more than 300 participants in the attack have been arrested.

Although the Capitol Police have declined repeatedly to discuss the probe publicly, the agency has acknowledged providing tens of thousands of hours of footage of the insurrection to lawmakers. A source familiar with the House’s investigations said the department has also turned over heaps of footage from the five days before Jan. 6.

Republicans have grown increasingly frustrated that authorities have allowed the charges leveled by Democrats to linger without updates for nearly three months. If any lawmakers or aides helped rioters stakeout the building, Davis has emphasized, it’s urgent to expose them to protect Congress from an insider threat. And if evidence doesn’t support the charge, it should be easy to resolve through security footage, much of which has been turned over to lawmakers already.

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