REPUBLICAN Rep. Lauren Boebert denied speculation from Democrats that she gave a tour of the Capitol to insurrectionists – saying it was family members that joined her.
Boebert responded to allegations Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen made about her on CNN, in a letter to him on Monday.
“It’s unfortunate that you have connected my family being in D.C. for my swearing in with the Capitol riots,” Boebert wrote, adding that she wanted to directly address what he claimed he saw.
“Let me be clear—all of your claims and implications are categorically false,” the representative from Colorado said.
“I have never given a tour of the US Capitol to any outside group.”
Boebert said that she previously stated she brought her family to the Capitol for a tour on Jan. 2 as well as the following day for photos to commemorate her swearing-in to Congress.
“Again, the only people I have ever had in the Capitol with me during the 117th Congress are my young children, husband, mom, aunt and uncle,” she wrote.
Cohen was the first Congress member to accuse another person on the body by name of giving a tour of the Capitol before President Donald Trump’s fans stormed the building on Jan. 6.
Law enforcement officials have been investigating whether the siege was an inside job, as the Capitol was closed to the public since the coronavirus outbreak and insurrectionists quickly found there way to hidden sections including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
Speaking on CNN Newsroom, Cohen said Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth refreshed his memory of what they saw.
“We saw Boebert taking a group of people for a tour sometime after the 3rd and before the 6th,” Cohen told CNN anchor Jim Scuitto.
Cohen said he did not remember the exact day they saw Boebert with visitors on the Cannon House Office Building tunnel but that she was with “a large group.”
“Now whether these people were people that were involved in the insurrection or not, I do not know,” Cohen said.
The Democrat from Tennessee added that Boebert is a freshman and “might have had a large number of people coming to be with her on this historic occasion and just wanting to give them the opportunity to have a tour.”
But Cohen concluded: “It is pretty clear that her team is the team—she’s not on the home team. She was with the visitors.”
Yarmuth’s spokesman Christopher Schuler confirmed that the Democrat from Kentucky saw Boebert walking toward the Capitol on Jan. 3 or 4.
“While Congressman Yarmuth remembers there was a group of people around Congresswoman Boebert, he has no knowledge of who they were or if they were with her,” Schuler said in a statement to CNN.
Last Thursday, Boebert sent a letter to Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney denying that she gave a tour to rioters—even though Maloney did not name her in a televised interview.
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Boebert said Maloney made “false and baseless conspiracy claims” about her that caused her to face death threats.
“There was not an ounce of truth to anything he claimed about me,” Boebert said in a statement.
“His allegations are an embarrassment to the House of Representatives and he should correct his false assertions on the record as soon as possible.”