Lawmakers with military or intelligence backgrounds playing critical role

During siege they protected fellow members of Congress and are now helping others understand the makeup of the rioters.


National News

January 14, 2021 - 9:42 AM

Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) served in the Armed Services as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan. Crow has been instrumental in defending the U.S. Constitution during the impeachment hearings of Donald Trump. Photo by Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of young lawmakers with military or intelligence backgrounds has been in the forefront of the congressional response to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, and the cadre played a central role since then in the second impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The group, which draws mostly from the Armed Services Committee, protected their fellow lawmakers during the attack. They also used military expertise to detect what they said were unnamed lawmakers who had possibly helped rioters plan their attack the day before.

They spoke of their oath to protect and defend the Constitution, in the military and in Congress alike, as they implored their colleagues to impeach Trump for his role in instigating the mob.

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