Two men arrested in connection with the deadly Capitol riot last week claim that an officer shook their hands after they entered the building and told them, “It’s your house now,” according to the FBI.
Robert Bauer and his cousin Edward Hemenway confessed to agents that they were among the thousands of people who illegally entered the building on Jan. 6, according to a complaint filed Thursday.
Bauer, who is from Kentucky, told agents that he traveled with his wife to Washington, D.C., for the pro-Trump rally that day and that they stayed with Hemenway in Virginia for part of the trip.
All three reportedly attended the rally on Jan. 6 and joined the large crowd in marching toward the Capitol after President Trump instructed his supporters to march to the building, the complaint states.
Bauer and Hemenway each told investigators that after the men entered the Capitol, an officer shook their hands and said, “It’s your house now,” according to the complaint.
Bauer said he believed the officer “was acting out of fear,” the document states.
A Capitol Police spokeswoman told The Hill that the department “is actively reviewing video and other open source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies.”
“Our Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination. Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations,” Capitol Police communications director Eva Malecki added.
Bauer told officials in the complaint he entered the Capitol building to “occupy the space” and claimed he had no intentions of harming anyone.
Hemenway said he entered out of “stupidity” and “curiosity” and that he didn’t know Congress was in session at the time, though he said he did know lawmakers were certifying the Electoral College vote.