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Was Rep. Pressley targeted before the insurrection?

Rep. Ayanna Pressley. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

There’s still much we don’t know about the insurrection on Capitol Hill, but this unexplained development involving U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Boston, is especially chilling. The Boston Globe reports:

As people rushed out of other buildings on the Capitol grounds, staffers in Pressley’s office barricaded the entrance with furniture and water jugs that had piled up during the pandemic. [Chief of staff Sarah] Groh pulled out gas masks and looked for the special panic buttons in the office.

“Every panic button in my office had been torn out — the whole unit,” she said, though they could come up with no rationale as to why. She had used them before and hadn’t switched offices since then. As they were escorted to several different secure locations, Groh and Pressley and her husband tried to remain calm and vigilant — not only of rioters but of officers they did not know or trust, she said.

This sounds like an inside job — a step taken before the riots to make it easier to harm Pressley in some way. We need to know the details.

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  1. Tom Keating

    I continue to insist that much of the rioter’s success in invading the capitol was due to inside conspirators, including sergeant at arms staff and police as well as Q friendly congress members. The big dirty secret is that they knew what was going to go down. Bastids. people died! Impeach the reps, clean house with police.

    • Marcus J Breen

      Agree with Tom Keating – see my post. (Note to self: read other posts before posting).

    • Stephen Owades

      Members of Congress are not subject to impeachment, but each house can expel its own members.

  2. Marcus J Breen

    Definitely something wrong there – it is good that Rep Presley and many others managed to stay alive.

    Comments this morning on MSNBC about Republican Congressmembers leading guided tours of congressional buildings in the days before of people later identified as insurrectionists. These same people (according to Rep Jason Crow of CO) were flashing the white power sign in the halls of Congress as they were shown around the place by Congressional Reps. Crow’s view is that these Representative should be expelled forthwith from Congress…

  3. Suzette Ciancio

    Oh my, this is frightening!

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