New Jersey Democrat says members of Congress led 'reconnaissance' tours ahead of riot

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-N.J.) on Tuesday said that she witnessed colleagues leading people on tours of the Capitol in the days prior to the violent riot that overtook the building last Wednesday, calling the walk-throughs "reconnaissance" for the siege.

“We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results," Sherrill said during a livestream on Facebook.

"And so not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 — a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I'm going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don't serve in Congress," she added.


The comments come as House Democrats prepare to vote Wednesday to impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE for a second time. This time for the role he played in inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol as lawmakers prepared to certify President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE's Electoral College victory.

On Tuesday night, the House passed a resolution calling on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. Pence has said that he will not take such action.


The riot overtook the building, killed a Capitol Police officer and left four others dead. 

Sherrill joins a growing list of Democrats who are targeting colleagues for removal for the roles they say they played in inciting the mob.   

Democrats, led by Rep. Cori Bush (Mo.), are circulating a resolution that would expel any member that supported objections to the Electoral College certification from the House for inciting a "domestic terror attack."

"I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences," Bush tweeted last week. "They have broken their sacred Oath of Office. I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion."