Questions revolve around possible “insider” help from the Capitol attack

The idea of ​​an uprising has not been heard in modern American history, and the possibility that lawmakers or allies within the Capitol have helped will only contribute to the event and future uncertainty and concern.

At least one protest organizer said he consulted with three house Republicans. One day before the attack, uncontrolled allegations arose over a “reconnaissance” mission. And more than a dozen U.S. Capitol police officers are under internal investigation for alleged aiding and abetting the troublemakers.

While President Donald Trump’s role in inciting violence is clear, there are early signs and accusations that other insiders may have been more active in helping the mob.

Ali Alexander, a right-wing conspiracy theorist who led one of the “Stop The Steal” groups, claimed in a live video that he planned the pre-riot demonstration with three GOP lawmakers: Paul Gosar and Arizona’s Andy Biggs, and Alabama MP Mo Brooks.
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Brooks spoke at the demonstration before Trump took the stage, urging the crowd to “start taking the names off and kicking his ass.” Brooks said in a 2,800-word statement that all he told the crowd was to fight back at the urns. (Brooks also revealed that a White House official had called him a day earlier and invited him to speak at the meeting.)

CNN had previously reported that Gosar had linked himself to Alexander’s group in recent months. A Biggs spokesman told CNN he had never met or worked with Alexander before.

Alexander said he hoped his “mob” would put pressure on lawmakers to prevent elected President Joe Biden from winning through the Electoral College. After quelling the unrest, the three lawmakers voted to drop Biden’s election votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania. Their efforts failed.

“These three members of Congress need to give a lawyer very quickly,” said Charlie Dent, a former CNN staffer at CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday, adding that he thinks lawmakers are federal prosecutors and the Housing Commission.

Alleged “reconnaissance” mission

New Jersey Democrat Mikie Sherrill made waves on Tuesday night when accused unnamed Republican lawmakers who help the disruptors by bringing them to the Capitol a day earlier for a sort of “reconnaissance” mission. CNN has not yet verified these allegations.

Sherrill said there are “members of Congress whose groups coming through the Capitol were the ones I saw on January 5 for reconnaissance the next day.” CNN has repeatedly asked Sherrill’s office for details of the charge, but no further information has been provided.

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Former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor. He is a moderate member of the Democratic Party body and not a fire department who would be unduly accused. On Wednesday, he said he was “asking for an investigation” with certain agencies, presumably to look into possible coordination between Republican lawmakers and disruptors.

Separately, Republican MP Lauren Boebert of Colorado has been criticized for tweeting about the whereabouts of Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Boebert, who is affiliated with the QAnon movement and regularly disseminates right-wing conspiracy theories, tweeted that Pelos was “removed from the (home) chambers” while the disruptors were still in the building.

Prosecutors are investigating conspiracy charges

More than 70 people have already been charged with federal crimes related to the attack. The majority of publicly disclosed cases involve people who fought police officers in the Capitol, made violent threats against Democrats, or found them with guns or bombs near the complex.

Prosecutors have not yet accused one of Trump’s supporters of coordinating with Republican lawmakers or sympathetic police, but the massive investigation is still in its infancy.
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“We are investigating significant serious cases of crime and conspiracy,” Michael Sherwin, a U.S. attorney in Washington, told reporters on Tuesday, without specifically saying whether investigators or members of law enforcement are under investigation.

Sherwin, however, added: “Our office has organized a striking force of very high-ranking national security prosecutors and corruption prosecutors. Their only order from me is to set up sitting and conspiracy charges in connection with the most horrific acts in the Capitol.”

Insider assistance from police and military

At least two U.S. Capitol police officers have been suspended and at least 10 more are being investigated for allegedly playing a role in the uprising, CNN reported.
Immediately after the attack, it emerged that some sympathetic policemen might have helped the disruptors, given that the troubled and at times violent crowd seemed to grind around the Capitol complex with little resistance. One of the robbers even paid attention to a police officer.
According to news and court records, current and former U.S. military members were also involved in the uprising. One of the men who broke into the Senate floor during the attack is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, and the Army is allegedly searching for a psychological operations officer who led a North Carolina group to the Trump rally before the attack.
Ashli ​​Babbitt, a 35-year-old woman who was shot dead by police while trying to break the house chamber, was an Air Force veteran who was later digested by conspiracy theories.

CNN’s Daniella Diaz and Annie Grayer contributed to this story.