A man who was given a tour of the Capitol by GOP Rep. Barry Loudermilk was captured on video hurling threats at Democratic lawmakers outside the Capitol at the pro-Trump riot the next day.
The House select committee investigating the riot said the unnamed man “took photos of hallways, tunnels, and staircases within the Capitol complex” during the tour with Rep. Loudermilk. That same man was seen on video on Jan. 6 marching with the pro-Trump mob towards the Capitol and threatening Democratic lawmakers.
“There’s no escape Pelosi, Schumer, Nadler. We’re coming for you. We’re coming in like white on rice, for Pelosi, Nadler, Schumer even you AOC, we’re coming to take you out, and pull you out by your hairs,” the man says.
It does not appear that the man went inside the Capitol building and there was no indication of the man facing charges in connection with the riot.
Loudermilk previously acknowledged that he gave a tour of the Capitol before Jan. 6 to some constituents who attended Trump’s rally that preceded the attack but claimed those participants “immediately turned back” once they saw the “chaos” developing at the rally.
“They definitely were peaceful people, people that we met at church, they were supporters of the president, they just wanted to be up here as if it was another rally. We’ve actually checked on them to make sure they are safe,” Loudermilk said in an interview with Georgia-based WBHF.
“They saw what it was turning into and they immediately turned back down the mall to get away from the crowds here,” he added.
In a letter on Wednesday Jan. 6 committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (R-Miss.) said “review of surveillance footage showing the above-described tour is consistent with those observations.”
“The foregoing information raises questions the Select Committee must answer,” Thompson added.
Loudermilk was asked to voluntarily sit for an interview to answer questions about the tour in May but he refused to do so.
“While we had hoped to show you the video evidence when you met with us, and since you have thus far declined, the Select Committee provides the video in question for your review,” Thompson wrote on Wednesday.