by Mark Sumner, Daily Kos Staff
In the wake of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, a perusal of Republican websites and postings showed that several Republican leaders seemed to not only know the attack was coming but to have actively participated in encouraging the insurgents. That includes not just Donald Trump’s months-long effort to subvert the outcome of the election and enlist white supremacists to the cause of overturning democracy—it also involves both local and national Republican politicians who collaborated with those who smashed through the doors of the House and Senate.
Of those in Congress who encouraged this attack, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert stands out. In part, that’s because of Boebert’s “This is 1776!” tweet on the morning of the assault and her running string of tweets from inside the House chamber, updating insurgents on the movements of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But it’s also because she was one member of Congress who several Democratic members accused of providing tours to large groups of pro-Trump protesters on Jan. 5. Those tours were described by some as “reconnaissance,” with Boebert giving insurgents inside information on routes through the Capitol. On Jan. 6, some of those invading the building were clearly following detailed plans that allowed them to find multiple routes to the Senate and House chambers.
However, despite investigations by both Congress and the FBI, there’s been little subsequent news about Boebert’s insurgency tours. And as the Capitol Police release thousands of hours of surveillance video of the events on Jan. 6, there are also disturbing hints that the evidence against Boebert may have simply been allowed to disappear.