“I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive,” Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York told Instagram Live on Tuesday. “It is no exaggeration to say that many, many Members of Parliament were almost murdered.”
But with the inauguration just a week away, all security efforts have been focused on planning ahead, leaving little room for investigation to look back and decipher how security was broken and what went wrong.
“Clearly, metal detectors would not have deterred the violent acts we saw; this political stunt does nothing to improve the safety of the members of the Capitol complex, ”Boebert said in a statement to CNN after the altercation.
GOP rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma and Steve Womack of Arkansas shouted at the Capitol Police as they were forced to go through the metal detectors. Womack shouted, “I was physically restrained,” and Mullin said, “it’s my constitutional right” to go through and “they can’t stop me.”
Pelosi on Wednesday proposed a new rule that imposes stiff fines on members who refuse to follow new safety rules. The fines – deducted from members’ salaries – will be $ 5,000 for the first offense and $ 10,000 for the second offense.
“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the House of Commons must and will be safe,” Pelosi said in a statement.
But even though some Democrats are unhappy with the extra security because it has led to longer lines and members being forced to be within six feet of each other.
“I’m more likely to die by Covid because I got it from a colleague than I am to die because a colleague shoots me,” the rep said. Filemon Vela, Democrat in Texas to CNN.
Distrust of security
“There were these heroic acts, but in addition there were also attacks of treason,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And running into the nation’s capital and not knowing if an officer is there to help you or injure you is also quite traumatic.”
The Democratic Rep. André Carson of Indiana also shared how law enforcement failed him because he had to learn through press releases about trials that he was the target of a man accused of bringing bombs and an arsenal to the Capitol last week. Prosecutors found Carson’s name on a handwritten note in the possession of Lonnie Leroy Coffman, whose truck was parked near the Capitol for hours last Wednesday and contained weapons and bombs. Next to Carson’s name was the note “one of two Muslims in Reps House.” Carson is a Muslim.
“It is extremely disturbing to learn from press releases that I was one of several people identified on a list of ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ who were targeted attacks,” Carson said in a statement. was delivered to CNN. “As a former police officer, it is particularly disappointing to see that law enforcement officials, including the U.S. Capitol Police, have not notified individuals like me that we were targeted and in danger by the accused terrorist and his accomplices. . “
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As all eyes turn to the preparations for the inauguration, there is still little information known about the ongoing investigation into the collapse of intelligence that led to January 6, leaving room for members to begin raising their own theories about what happened.
The Democratic Rep. Mikie Sherrill said on Facebook Live on Tuesday that she believes congressmen led rebels around the Capitol the day before the violent attack.
“I saw on January 5 a reconnaissance for the next day,” the New Jersey Democrat said. “The members of Congress who encouraged this violent crowd. The members of Congress who tried to help our president undermine our democracy. I want to see that they are held accountable and, if necessary, ensure that they do not serve in Congress.”
Following her remarks, Sherrill told reporters at Capitol Hill that she was requesting an investigation into these allegations.
“We are requesting an investigation right now with certain agencies,” Sherrill said Wednesday.
Until more details about what happened are known, members continue to file their complaints about the investigation publicly.
“I’m frustrated, extremely frustrated that we did not have these briefings, not only us but also the American people. What happened where it broke down, what we know, what we learn from it, you get more briefings from a local robbery than we have got this, ”Schneider said.
“I have been a part of conversations and reports within the Democratic president. We have not had a full briefing. We can not have a classified briefing, at least I am not, I do not have the technology to be part of a classified briefing, so I have not been a part of it. “
A senior Democratic aide reiterated to CNN, “for every suspicious package on the tray, I will receive 10 emails in real time. So when it comes to this biggest security breach in recent times, we hear very little.”
This story has been updated with further development on Wednesday.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article spelled rep. Mikie Sherrill’s last name wrong.
CNN’s Daniella Diaz and Manu Raju contributed to this report.