Capitol Police received unexpected assistance a day following the January 6th riots, when mob members called seeking help in recovering their phones, purses, and other personal belongings.
Democratic Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland made the revelation to Insider on Friday. Raskin, who is a member of a congressional investigation into the insurrection, told Insider that one day after the Capitol was ransacked, rioters called House speaker Nancy PELOSI s office to inquire if any personal items had been lost or found.
” According to Insider, Raskin stated that officers called him quickly and asked for his name, address, Social Security number, and that he would tie up any loose ends. He said that officers took their information.
Newsweek has reached out to Capitol police for additional details on the calls.
Raskin, in the interview, said he was struck by how the self-incriminating calls from the rioters underscored that “there really were people who felt as if they had been summoned to Washington by the president. “
“It underscores the central role that Donald Trump played in it,” Raskin continued.
In the lead-up to the riot, Trump held a rally on the Ellipse where he instructed his supporters to march to the Capitol where Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 election. Trump stated that Congress had to confront “the egregious attack on our democracy”, referring to the debunked claims about widespread voter fraud. Trump told the crowd that he was going to “walk down” and that he would be there for them. “
“We fight as hell,” Trump stated during his speech. Trump said, “And if your don’t fight like Hell, you won’t have a country anymore.” “
Trump said that he knew that all of us would soon march to the Capitol Building to peacefully and patriotically express our opinions. “
Raskin told Insider the calls also “create a problem for assigning guilt at different levels of conduct.” His “three rings” framework was used to explain the various components of the event.
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