The intelligence community is investigating any links between lawmakers and the rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, a US official said. told CNN.
The investigation so far has found that some alleged rioters had associations with or direct contact with lawmakers prior to Jan. 6, but there has been no evidence that the lawmakers were involved in the riot or personally aided any of the rioters, the rioters said. official.
Authorities have been investigating pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 for months and have been able to arrest hundreds of those involved in the riot that killed five people.
Officials are still arresting those who stormed the Capitol, but will begin to focus on who planned the attack, who funded them, and what connection, if any, lawmakers had.
Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira Cohen Missouri man charged with allegedly threatening two Congressmen Tim Ryan: Prosecutors review video of Capitol visits given by lawmakers before House subcommittee debates reparations bill for African Americans MORE (D-Tenn.) He accused Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) Of giving people a “big” tour of the Capitol a few days before the attack, but no concrete evidence has been released that her tour was related to the riot.
Authorities are now looking at video footage of the tours to see if there was any connection between the tours and the rioters. If connections are found between the rioters and lawmakers, authorities could obtain a warrant to view the communications, CNN reported.
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Republican lawmakers who supported former President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse Passes Election and Voting Rights Reform Bill DEA Plays Agent Seen Outside Capitol During Absent Riot Georgia Gov. Kemp Says He Would “ Absolutely ” Support Trump As Nominee In 2024 PLUSThe claims of the electoral conspiracy theory have been criticized, and Democratic lawmakers believe they were involved in or helped incite the riots that occurred.
So far there has been no evidence that a legislator was involved in the riot and officials are not looking at any legislators at this time, the official told CNN.