Barry Loudermilk Gave Tour to Man Who Threatened Pelosi During Capitol Riot

The day before the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, Representative Barry Loudermilk gave a tour of parts of the Capitol complex to individuals who were seen on video photographing and taking footage of areas "not typically of interest to tourists," according to the House committee investigating the attack.

In a letter addressed to Loudermilk dated Wednesday, the House panel said that some of those individuals on his tour attended former President Donald Trump's rally at the Ellipse that preceded the riot. Afterward, these individuals joined the "unpermitted march" from the Ellipse to the Capitol building, the committee wrote.

One of these individuals was heard threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several other Democratic lawmakers in footage obtained by the committee.

In the days that followed the Capitol riot, one Democratic lawmaker said that she saw some of her Congressional colleagues leading "reconnaissance" tours of parts of the Capitol on January 5, 2021, accusing some members of Congress of trying to help Trump "undermine our democracy." The House committee said in an earlier letter to Loudermilk last month that it had obtained evidence that the Republican lawmaker led a tour through the Capitol on that day. The new letter to Loudermilk on Wednesday, which was posted publicly on the committee's website, appears to unveil that evidence.

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The day before the January, 6, 2021, Capitol riot, Representative Barry Loudermilk gave a tour of parts of the Capitol complex to individuals who were seen in footage photographing and taking footage of areas "not typically of interest to tourists," according to the House committee investigating the attack. Above, Loudermilk, a Georgia Republican, speaks during the Elections Subcommittee field hearing on voting rights and election administration in Florida at the Broward County Governmental Center on May 6, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Getty Images/AP

The group who took part in Loudermilk's January 5 tour was comprised of about 10 individuals who stayed for several hours, even though the complex was closed to the public that day, the committee wrote. In its letter, the committee included a photo that it said showed Loudermilk leading the tour. A man in the background of the photo appears to be wearing a red hat with Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

The panel, citing surveillance footage, said that Loudermilk took the group to areas of the Rayburn, Longworth and Cannon House Office Buildings, in addition to entrances of tunnels leading to the Capitol. Individuals on the tour were seen photographing hallways, security checkpoints, staircases and the tunnel leading from the Rayburn House Office Building to the Capitol.

"The behavior of these individuals during the January 5, 2021 tour raises concerns about their activity and intent while inside the Capitol complex," the letter read.

The committee posted footage on Twitter showing members of Loudermilk's purported tour group taking pictures or video in various parts of the Capitol complex. The footage also included recordings taken by a man who threatened members of Congress as he marched to the Capitol on January 6.

In one recording, the man taking the video speaks with another individual who brandishes what looks to be a sharpened flag pole and states that it is for a "certain person." Later, the man capturing the video names Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Nadler, among other lawmakers, saying, "We're coming to take you out. We'll pull you out by your hairs. How about that, Pelosi?"

The committee reiterated a request from its initial letter to Loudermilk to meet with them.

This week, Capitol police said in a letter addressed to Representative Rodney Davis that they didn't observe any "suspicious" activities during a visit Loudermilk received from constituents in the Capitol complex the day before the riot. The letter also stated that Loudermilk and the group did not enter the Capitol building itself.

Loudermilk posted a copy of the letter on Twitter Tuesday and wrote that the "truth will always prevail."

"As I've said since the Jan. 6 Committee made their baseless accusation about me to the media, I never gave a tour of the Capitol on Jan 5, 2021 and a small group visiting their congressman is in no way a suspicious activity," he wrote in a Twitter thread. "Now the Capitol Police have confirmed this fact."

In a statement shared with Newsweek on the committee's new letter, Loudermilk wrote: "The Capitol Police already put this false accusation to bed, yet the Committee is undermining the Capitol Police and doubling down on their smear campaign, releasing so-called evidence of a tour of the House Office Buildings, which I have already publicly addressed. As Capitol Police confirmed, nothing about this visit with constituents was suspicious. The pictures show children holding bags from the House gift shop, which was open to visitors, and taking pictures of the Rayburn train."

"This false narrative that the Committee and Democrats continue to push, that Republicans, including myself, led reconnaissance tours is verifiably false," he continued. "No where that I went with the visitors in the House Office Buildings on January 5th were breached on January 6th; and, to my knowledge, no one in that group was criminally charged in relation to January 6th."

The House committee did not identify any of the individuals in the tour group, so Newsweek was not able to verify that none had been charged in connection to the riot.

Loudermilk added that the committee released its letter to the press but did not contact him directly.

"This type of behavior is irresponsible and has real consequences -- including ongoing death threats to myself, my family, and my staff," he said.

Updated 6/15/22, 1:10 p.m. ET: This story was updated with additional information.