“The members of Congress who had groups crossing the Capitol that I saw on January 5, recognition for the next day, those members of Congress who incited this violent crowd,” Ms. Sherrill said, “these members who have tried to help our president undermine our democracy, I’ll see they are held accountable.
Ms. Sherrill did not respond to follow-up questions.
Rep. Tim Ryan, Democrat from Ohio, said lawmakers were aware of the tours but are now looking at them in a new light given the attack. He said they included “handfuls” of people and the authorities were aware of their existence. “Now you look back at some things and you look at them differently so, yeah, we look at that,” he said.
Mr. Crow said he was aware of the tours but was not sure what they were.
Pressure is mounting on Republican members of Congress who partnered with far-right groups in the days leading up to the mob attack. Several of Mr. Trump’s strongest supporters, including Reps Mo Brooks of Alabama and Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs, both of Arizona, have been accused of helping plan the January 6 rally that led to the violent attack on the Capitol.
A photo was also deceptively circulated online on Wednesday claiming to implicate Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert for giving such a tour, but that was from 2019 in Colorado.
Mr Crow said he found the photo disturbing nonetheless because others saw it as “symbols of white power gangs.”
“I am very concerned about the potential complicity of the members,” said Mr. Crow. “There are certainly many examples of incentives for which members of Congress are responsible. I think we need to do an investigation to find out what exactly happened.
Representative Steny H. Hoyer, the majority leader of Maryland, played down the prospect of immediate discipline for lawmakers until the impeachment process against President Trump is completed.
“There will be time to sort this out,” Hoyer said of far-right Republicans in Congress. “Right now, we’re dealing with the president.