US Capitol Breach Defense Lawyers Receiving Tours of Building From Police

May 9, 2021 Updated: May 9, 2021

Attorneys defending suspects who have been charged with offenses related to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach are receiving crime scene tours of the building in May and June.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Cole made the disclosure in a court filing (pdf) in late April in a case for one of the defendants. The letter states that the U.S. Capitol Police have arranged five crime scene tours of the Capitol beginning on May 3, with the last tour scheduled for June 4.

Among the sites included in the tour are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office; the Speaker’s Lobby, outside of which Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer; the House and Senate chambers; and the Rotunda. The U.S. Capitol is still currently closed to visitors because of COVID-19 measures.

The tours are restricted to the defense lawyers, and recordings and photographs aren’t permitted, according to Cole.

The first tour was conducted by Capitol Police Inspector Thomas Loyd and attended by dozens of defense attorneys, CNN reported. The tours will help the defense attorneys to gather evidence for their cases.

More than 400 defendants were charged in relation to the breach. A majority of cases are related to entering a restricted building, obstruction of an official proceeding, and civil disorder, according to the Justice Department. Federal authorities are still looking for suspects connected to the breach.

Earlier this month, the DOJ announced that authorities had arrested a member of the Wisconsin National Guard and his friend for alleged participation in the incident.

The soldier, Abram Markofski, is facing four charges related to the protests, including entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct, violent entry or disorderly conduct, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

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