Rep. Thompson: Those culpable in Capitol riot should be held accountable

Rep. Thompson: Those culpable in Capitol riot should be held accountable
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said anyone who played a role in last week's United States Capitol needs to be held accountable. (Source: From Bennie Thompson press release)

WASHINGTON (WDAM) - Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said that anyone found responsible for the violent demonstration at the United States Capitol should be held accountable.

Speaking on The Joe Madison radio show Monday, Thompson said even members of Congress should face consequences if found to have had a role.

“Even a member of Congress that commits a crime, you know, they expel from the body,” said Thompson, who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security. “There are ethics charges that can be brought against those individuals. And people are looking at all this.”

“What (Sen. Josh) Hawley (R-Mo.) did and what (Sen. Ted) Cruz (R-Texas) did was horrible. What the new member from Colorado (Lauren Boebert-(R)), who basically tweeted directions and everything that was going on, that’s not something you do. Somebody said, ‘Well she’s new.’ Well, the point is, ignorance of the law is no excuse. So, if you don’t know, you’ve still done something wrong.”

Thompson’s comments refer to last week’s riot at the United States Capitol, where alleged supporters of President Donald J. Trump broke into the building, including the Congressional chamber and various Congressmen’s offices.

Five were killed, including a United States Capitol police officer.

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