Americans are expressing outrage after a bombshell Rolling Stone report that claims several GOP Members of Congress and their staffs were involved in planning and organizing Donald Trump's January 6 rally that led to the violent and deadly insurrection, along with “Trump's efforts to overturn his election loss."
Some of those who are among the most outraged are Democratic Members of Congress, who were in the Capitol on January 6 and feared for their lives. Learning that some of their GOP colleagues were involved in the planning of the rally that precipitated the insurrection has been "triggering," as one House Democrat revealed, adding that it makes her "blood boil."
The Rolling Stone article cites two “planners of the pro-Trump rallies that took place in Washington, D.C.," who allege Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) were deeply involved, along with these members of Congress or their aides: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX).
Legal experts have called for those members of Congress and staffers to be expelled if the allegations are true, while one has urged people to "chill," and let the DOJ do what it needs to.
But the outrage is palpable.
U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) calls the Rolling Stone article "highly disturbing."
"No one should be above the law," he says, "including Members of Congress and former White House Staff. And if pardons were indeed discussed in advance, why would that be? Because folks knew crimes were about to be committed."
U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) says she is "joining the calls for those who helped plan the deadly January 6th insurrection to be immediately expelled."
"Every Member of Congress that helped to plan the attempted coup of our government shouldn't be allowed to serve in Congress."
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, the first Asian-American elected to Congress from New York, says she has "angry tears right now," citing the Rolling Stone report.
"During 1/6, I, like many, texted loved ones goodbye. Countless people have asked if I've been ok since & I've always answered truthfully that i was fine. But this article was triggering. How could colleagues be traitors? This makes my blood boil."
U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) says the Rolling Stone report is "Further reinforcement of why the work of the" House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack "is so important. If any current members of Congress worked with the insurrectionists who threatened the very government they are a part of, they should be removed from office."
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) says reports like the Rolling Stone article "underscore why the work of the Jan. 6th Committee is so important. We must follow all the facts, no matter where they lead."