Common Cause Georgia Statement on Rep. Loudermilk and the Jan. 6 Investigation

Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., appears to have given tours to individuals of security checkpoints and tunnels leading to the U.S. Capitol the day before the Jan. 6 attack, new information released today by the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack shows. 

Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., released a letter addressed to Loudermilk today, reiterating the committee’s request to speak with Loudermilk. The committee also posted video of a tour participant later calling for harm to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional leaders. 

Loudermilk has so far refused to meet with the committee to discuss the tour. Thompson’s letter to Loudermilk can be viewed here

The next Jan. 6 hearing will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday and streamed live on the committee’s website here

Statement of Aunna Dennis, Common Cause Georgia’s Executive Director:

Today’s revelations of a sitting member of Congress, Georgia’s Barry Loudermilk, assisting in what appears to be a reconnaissance tour held the day before our nation’s capital was attacked are shocking. 

Rep. Loudermilk has an obligation to our country and his constituents to answer the committee’s questions about his involvement. 

He was also one of six members of Congress representing Georgia that voted to overturn the election results and failed to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election, and played a clear role in spreading disinformation around the election, leading to the violence. I am reiterating my call today for their resignations.  

The people of Georgia need representation at the federal level fully committed to our democracy, not those who would undermine it by rejecting our election results. 

I urge everyone in Georgia to continue watching the Jan. 6 hearings to see for themselves the evidence that has been uncovered. This is a historic moment for Americans to learn how close our democracy came to being irreparably harmed in the violent attack on our Capitol. It’s also a history we need to know and understand so that we never have our democracy attacked like this again.