House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just opened the door to criminal charges against members of Congress who may have “aided and abetted” the recent attack on the U.S. Capitol.
According to Politico, the House speaker announced at a press conference Friday that if any lawmakers are found to have been “accomplices” in the deadly riot, they may face consequences “beyond the Congress.”
“If in fact it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to this insurrection, if they aided and abetted the crime, there may have to be actions taken beyond the Congress in terms of prosecutions,” she said, as Politico reported.
Dems look for scapegoat
Pelosi’s comments mark just the latest promise of accountability from the left in the wake of the Capitol attack, which left five dead, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
It didn’t take long — not more than a week, in fact — for Pelosi-led Democrats in the House to impeach President Donald Trump for his purported role in the violence, which was perpetrated by a group of his supporters. Now, it seems the speaker has turned her attention to her colleagues on Capitol Hill.
According to the Washington Examiner, her remarks came as some in her caucus have suggested the rioters may have gotten “inside” help from people working in the Capitol, including both law enforcement and lawmakers.
In a letter to Capitol Police, a group of House Democrats claimed that “members of the group that attacked the Capitol seemed to have an unusually detailed knowledge of the layout of the Capitol Complex.”
“The presence of these groups within the Capitol Complex was indeed suspicious,” they said, according to the Daily Mail. “Given the events of January 6, the ties between these groups inside the Capitol Complex and the attacks on the Capitol need to be investigated.”
“How close within?”
Speaking Friday, Pelosi promised that claims of wrongdoing would “be looked into.”
“In order to serve here with each other, we must trust that people have respect for their oath of office, respect for this institution,” she said, according to Politico.
“We must trust each other, respecting the people who sent us here. We must also have the truth. And that will be looked into,” Pelosi said.
“We [are] always prepared to protect and defend from all enemies, foreign, but the Constitution of all this also says, ‘and domestic,’ and now we have to protect ourselves from enemies domestic,” she added, as the Examiner reported. “How close within? The investigation will — will let us know.”