Vindicated by police, Loudermilk decries Jan. 6 panel effort to smear him as 'reckless'

Georgia Republican demands accountability for those who falsely suggested he helped Jan. 6 defendants surveil the Capitol.

Updated: June 14, 2022 - 11:27pm

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Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) said it was difficult being falsely accused of conspiring in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, but he is fighting back to hold the House Jan. 6 committee accountable for its "reckless behavior."

The Jan. 6 panel subpoenaed Loudermilk last month over a constituent tour he gave of congressional office buildings one day before the "Stop the Steal" rally. The Capitol police chief cleared the Georgia Republican of any wrongdoing on Monday.

Loudermilk told "Just the News, Not Noise" on Thursday that he found out about the committee's subpoena through the news, and he still has not received a copy of the letter. 

"So I knew they weren't out for the truth. They're trying to push a narrative, and I believe the truth ought to be known. So we pushed back and we said, 'Let's get the truth out there,'" Loudermilk explained.

After the subpoena, his family and staff members started receiving 'significant' death threats, Loudermilk said, noting, "I lay the blame to this at the feet of the Jan. 6 committee for going to the press about their false allegations, instead of talking to me individually and privately."

Even the people who were on the tour with Loudermilk are afraid for their lives, the congressman told editor in chief John Solomon and cohost Amanda Head. 

"So there is a responsibility that this committee has to the safety and security of people, because this reckless behavior could cause someone to get seriously hurt," he stressed. 

While he has received support from his Republican colleagues, Loudermilk said that he has not "heard anything from directly from the Democrats." 

Loudermilk also criticized the media for not accurately reporting on Republicans. He said journalists "will follow any conspiracy theory without getting any facts."

Notably, many outlets wrote about his subpoena, but few followed up with stories about how he was cleared.

"We need these journalistic outlets to actually act like journalists, not a wing of the progressive left Socialist Democrat Party, which is what they've become," he said. "And that's why the American people have lost faith in the mainstream media because they actually don't believe anything that they report."

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