Mikie Sherrill: Mob had Zip Ties, Body Armour, were Looking to Take Prisoners

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Mikie Sherrill speaks about the mob in the Capitol
Attribution: Mikie Sherrill

A former US Navy helicopter pilot and former federal prosecutor, Rep Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) speaks of mob violence from a position of professional knowledge. Her battlefield experience and legal expertise equip her with insights and judgment that bring a keen edge  to her perspective. So when she refers to the Capitol insurgents as “a mob of domestic terrorists” it’s not hyperbole, it’s forthrightness.

In a Facebook video address made for her constituents, that forthrightness and her utter sincerity carries her message to the hearts of her audience. Sherrill is quiet and measured as she relates the events of that terrible day when a mob of pro-Trump extremists broke into the US Capitol.

From time mark 3:44:

And then the doors were shut and locked. We attempted to continue the debate. That became impossible as crowds gathered and began banging on the doors. And so we were told to get out the gas masks in case we had to egress through tear gas.

From time mark 4:20:

And then we were told we had to get down because as they had barricaded the door, the glass was breaking and they were worried that an active shooter was going to get into the chamber. And as I was on the floor, I heard other members making calls home, afraid that that would be the last call they ever made.

They were then given the go-ahead to leave the chamber and make their way to a secure location. From time mark 5:33:

We were were worried, around every corner, that we might find the mob. I was told later that members of that mob had zip ties, and were wearing body armour, and were looking to take prisoners, members of Congress. But we made it to the secure location.

And then, in an act that I think shows the bravery of so many members of this body, members who had really been traumatized, as we were holed up in the chamber and a mob of domestic terrorists, a mob that was violently trying to overthrow our ability to certify the election, they went back hours later, back into that very chamber so we could finish the debate and certify the elections.

The video with captions is also here on NorthJersey.com

But the most chilling intelligence in her address came near the end.

From time mark 11:35:

Because we can’t have a democracy if the president incites violence to turnover the results. We can’t have a democracy if too many members of our police force and our military are acting to overturn it and undermine it.

Yep, she really did say that. But there’s more, and it’s worse…

From time mark 12:11:

I also intend to see those members of Congress who abetted him, those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on January 5th – a reconnaissance for the next day – those members of Congress that incited a violent crowd, those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy, I’m going to see that they are held accountable and, if necessary, ensure they don’t serve in Congress.

Three times I listened to her say this to make sure I wasn’t mishearing her, and each time it was the same: Rep Mikie Sherrill saw members of Congress taking groups round the Capitol on personally-guided tours that she described as “reconnaissance for the next day.”

I’ve read accounts which claimed that some in the crowd had maps of the Capitol. Other  accounts noted how the mob seemed to know where to go to find particular offices. In what is constantly referred to as a rabbit warren of a place, how did they know where to go? Unless they’d been there before, like the day before…

Given her background, particularly her years as a federal prosecutor, you can be certain Mikie Sherrill contacted the FBI to tell them exactly who and what she saw. So when Sherrill said she was going to see they were held accountable, she was speaking literally, as a witness.

It’s a bombshell. It means that those members of Congress are now subjects of an FBI investigation and given the gravity, the absolute enormity, of elected legislators aiding and abetting an insurrection, that investigation is going to be given top priority.

Over at DoJ, prosecutors will already know they have an impeccable eye witness and they’ll be eager to get her in front of a grand jury at the first opportunity.

Stay safe, Mikie Sherrill, your country needs you now more than ever.

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31 Comments on "Mikie Sherrill: Mob had Zip Ties, Body Armour, were Looking to Take Prisoners"

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Cherl Harrell
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This is some of the best news to come out of this horrible episode! This is precisely what I was hoping would happen. All the people within congress who facilitated and participated should be held accountable and should not serve in the body.

Denis Elliott
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For those who may not fully appreciate it, I’d like to call attention to the fact that Rep. Sherril (a graduate of the Naval Academy) was a Naval Aviator. Specifically, she flew those huge CH-53 helicopters, and was in the first group of women certified to fly in combat which means being fully qualified for all aspects of carrier operations (night, all-weather which means BAD weather, blue water ops where the ability to divert to shore isn’t an option and you either get aboard or “go swimming” etc.) and that carries some special qualities. While there’s nothing quite as difficult… Read more »
Cherl Harrell
Guest

Thanks for that in depth explanation of her background. I served 17 years as an avionics tech in the Navy. Was a plane captain on A-4 jets that flew training missions against F-14’s. Also did intermediate level support of F-14 avionics. I think for all the reasons you listed, Mikie Sherrill will be the most excellent perfect person for this situation.

Phoenix
Guest

Fascinating information Mr. Elliott!

anastasjoy
Member

Your comments are always SO long, but so packed with information and so worthwhile.

Denis Elliott
Member

Thanks. I know I run on and on to excess sometimes, but sometimes I feel compelled to paint a full picture instead of a stick figure drawing. I could have said more, but hopefully the comment from Cheri Harrell who has literal hands on experience in Naval Aviation validating my essay will prompt people who skipped my comment or stopped reading to set aside five minutes and read it.

Miranda
Member

We need a lot more like her in Congress.

anastasjoy
Member

We have a lot. I’m always annoyed by people who go “OMG AOC” like she’s the beginning and ending of everything, and I often see people like Sherrill callously and ignorantly dismissed as useless “centrists” because they rank lower than some of their shouty progressive colleagues as far as their voting records. These people are swept away by images and not investigating what these people are actually doing, accomplishing or voting on.

Bareshark
Guest

I repeat myself here: AOC will figure it out or she will fade.

Cherl Harrell
Guest

As in Katie Porter?

anastasjoy
Member
Katie Porter always comes to mind. She ranks in the middle of her colleagues as far as progressive voting record, but she kicks more ass and gets more shit done. Also, when Lesley Stahl is done quoting “AOC” about how there need to be more younger people in leadership, she might look into the case of Joe Neguse, age 36, who just earned an entry rung on the leadership ladder. You want “progressive”? You know where Neguse is ranked right now? He somehow performed the miracle of swiping the #1 slot from Andy Levin! “AOC” is ranked 57th, not bad,… Read more »
p j evans
Member

Clyburn would like to know how he found the *unmarked* office where his staff was working.
And some of the GOP-T in Congress were aiding in planning – ask how they got maps of the Capitol and the tunnel system.

p j evans
Member

Clyburn would like to know how they found the *unmarked* office where his staff was working.
And some of the GOP-T in Congress were aiding in planning – ask how they got maps of the Capitol and the tunnel system. (Biggs and Gosar were among them.)

rory darjiit
Member

They did not have zip ties, they had military grade flex cuff restraints.

Scott Jackson
Guest

She is one straight talking focused veteran. Go Navy.