North Jersey Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill made the explosive claim that sitting members of Congress helped those planning to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The congresswoman, in a nearly 15-minute Facebook video Jan. 12 to explain her decision to vote for articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for a second time, made the allegation at the end her comments.
”I intend to see that those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 for reconnaissance for the next day, that incited this violent crowd, the members of Congress that attempted to help our President undermine our democracy, I am going to see that they are held accountable and if necessary, ensure that they do not serve in Congress,” stated Sherrill.
The Morris County resident had earlier laid out her case for the removal of the President, by either the 25th Amendment being evoked or by impeachment.
“This President needs to be removed and need to ensure that he can not run for office again,” said Sherrill. ”We need to ensure that he does not have access to intelligence as I believe the President will just use that for his personal gain.”
The congresswoman said she voted to have the 25th Amendment invoked because “the President does not have the capacity to discharge his duties. I think he should have already resigned given his action, but he has not.”
With Vice President Mike Pence informing members of the House that he will not do that, Sherrill said she plans to vote for impeachment on insurrection charges.
“We have now come to this moment when armed members of a mob, incited by the President, militias that the President of the United States called to the Capitol to try to ensure that Congress could not certify an election and not have a peaceful transition of power,” she stated.
“I believe I have done everything I can to unite this country,” said Sherrill. “For all of those who refuse to participate in this democracy, who refuse to see to see power overturned peacefully, for those who refused to heed to the will of the people as we do in a democracy, we are now on different sides of this line.”
The congresswoman noted holding those responsible for the actions of Jan. 6, which resulted in five deaths including U.S. Capitol police officer and New Jersey native Brian D. Sicknick, and the attempts to overturn the election will not stop with President Trump.
“We need to make sure that all of those people who are complicit with this President, who aided and embattled him in his drive to overturn the election results…that they are held accountable,” stated Sherrill. “This line has been drawn, and I am going to do everything in my power to see that democracy prevails.”
Recalling Jan. 6
“We can’t have a democracy if we have a President who incites violence to overturn the results, we can’t have a democracy if too many members of our police force and our military are acting to overturn it and undermine it,” she continued. “We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the President to overturn the election results.”
In explaining her vote, Sherrill recounted the events of Jan. 6, sitting in the Capitol receiving reports of House offices being evacuated first, then Vice President being evacuated from the Senate chamber before watching shortly thereafter the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi being whisked off the House floor.
The House doors were then closed, with members hearing the mob bang on the door trying to get in. Representatives were at that point told to get out their gas masks in case “we had to egress through tear gas,” with the Navy veteran instructing fellow members on how to wear the mask.
Vacating the House
“Then we were told we had to get down,” recalled Sherrill. “Because they had barricaded the doors, the glass was breaking—they were worried that an active shooter was going to get into the chamber.”
“As I was on the floor, I heard other members making phone calls, afraid that would be the last call they would ever make.”
Sherrill said she helped Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), her knee buckling going down the stairs due to a recent surgery, as members followed them to a secure location.
“We were concerned because we were worried behind every corner we might find the mob,” said Sherrill. “I was told later that members of the mob had zip ties, were wearing body armor and were looking to take members of Congress prisoners.”
After making it to the secure location, she noted colleagues were traumatized by the experience of a mob of “domestic terrorists trying to overthrow our ability to certify the election.”
Despite the actions of the President and his supporters, the congresswoman noted their efforts had failed.
“For the first time since 1789, besides the Civil War, we will not have a peaceful transition of power,” stated Sherrill. “We will, however, have a transition of power and Joe Biden will be our next president.”