Firebrand, gun-toting Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert reportedly gave an after-hours tour of the Capitol on December 12 - three weeks before the January 6 Capitol riot and before she was sworn in as a lawmaker.
The tour occurred on a Saturday night, when the Capitol complex was closed, according to a Salon report, and it’s not clear how it was authorized since she was not yet a sitting member of Congress.
The December 12 tour included a stop at the top of the Capitol dome, an exclusive location only available to tours hosted by members themselves and an official Capitol tour guide.
Neither guide nor sitting member seem to be present, but the 34-year-old congresswoman's son and mother can be seen in a photo with a Capitol Police officer at the top of the dome.
Guidelines stipulate that member-led tours are to occur weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and there are only eight reservations per day allowed up to the dome.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The tour also included the staircase in the Senate’s empty Brumidi Corridors, Senate Room S-127 and the Senate briefing room.
Boebert's son, pictured here in the Brumidi Corridors, received the tour the tour three weeks before Jan. 6 on a Saturday night, when the Capitol complex is closed
The Dec. 12 tour included a stop at the top of the Capitol dome, an exclusive stop only available to tours hosted by members themselves and an official Capitol tour guide. Here Boebert's son and mother are pictured with a Capitol Police officer
Neither Boebert nor her office could be reached for comment on how she landed the tour.
Boebert, who has consistently fought for her right to carry a gun on the House floor and has expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, and tweeted the day of the Capitol riots that 'Today is 1776.'
'What a day got a private tour of the Capital and even was able to go to the top something that most staff don’t even get to do,' Boebert's son Tyler wrote on Instagram, along with photos of himself in the Capitol.
In a comment under the post, he wrote of Washington, D.C.: 'people are a**holes over here.'
The tour calls to mind accusations that Boebert gave ‘reconnaissance’ tours in the days leading up to the Capitol riot. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., said on CNN in January he saw the congresswoman ‘taking people for a tour sometime after the 3rd and before the 6th. I remember the day, we were walking in a tunnel and we saw her... and she had a large group with her.’Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
‘Now, whether they were people that were involved in the insurrection or not, I do not know …’ Cohen added. ‘But it is pretty clear that ... she's not on the home team. She was with the visitors.’
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