On June 15th, 2022, the House Select Committee on January 6th released Capitol security footage of an unofficial tour led by Congressman Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) the day before the January 6th Capitol Insurrection, clearly showing participants taking photos of congressional security checkpoints, stairwells, tunnels and basement hallways. Not your typical tourist highlights.
Shortly after the attempted coup, Loudermilk was rumored to have assisted potential 1/6 rioters in “casing the joint”, providing access to areas normally reserved for members and staff. At first Loudermilk denied giving any tours at all. Then he said it was just families with young kids. Then he admitted touring a group of 16 adults. During a time period when official tours were banned due to COVID concerns. But it was totally normal. Riiight….