Further People Accused Of Being “Insiders” At The Capitol Riots

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One week after the lethal insurrection at the Capitol, the questions and conspiracies continue to soar. 

The main one being: did any lawmakers or police assist the pro-Trump rioters? 

At least one protest organiser admitted to coordinating with three House Republicans. Meanwhile, more than a dozen US Capitol Police officers are under internal investigation for allegedly helping rioters.

While President Donald Trump’s role in inciting the violence is clear, there are some early accusations that they he may have played a smaller part in comparison to fellow insiders.

Supporters of President Donald Trump who swarmed the U.S. Capitol confront Capitol Police officers in the building, in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021. As people rushed inside, there was a strange mix of confusion and excitement, and the almost complete lack of police presence in the beginning amplified the feeling of lawlessness. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

At least two US Capitol Police officers have already been suspended, and at least 10 more are under investigation, for allegedly playing some sort of role in the insurrection, CNN report.

There was speculation in the aftermath of the attack that some sympathetic police officers may have aided the rioters, given the fact that the raucous and at-times violent crowd seemed to patrol the Capitol with little resistance. One rioter even posed for a selfie with an officer.

Current and former US military members also participated in the insurrection, according to news reports and court records. One of the men who infiltrated the Senate floor during the attack is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel.

Ashli Babbitt, the 35-year-old woman who was fatally shot by police while trying to breach the House chamber, was an Air Force veteran.

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