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    On Friday, AP reported that it had identified at least 21 current and former soldiers and law enforcement officers among the protesters who stormed the Capitol building on 6 January. The incident left four protesters and one cop dead, and led the House of Representatives to impeach President Trump on the charge of “incitement to insurrection.”

    A pair of Trump supporters detained by the authorities in connection with their involvement in the storming of the Capitol last week told the FBI a police officer greeted them and told them “it’s your house now” as they made their way into the building, a complaint filed earlier this week says.

    The men, Robert Bauer of Kentucky and his cousin Edward Hemenway from Winchester, Virginia, told agents that the officer may have greeted them in the way he did out of fear.

    “Both men remembered encountering a police officer after they entered. According to Bauer, the police officer grabbed his hand, shook it, and said, ‘It’s your house now.’ Bauer believed that the policeman was acting out of fear. Hemenway similarly recalled the officer shaking [his] hand and Hemenway said, ‘Sorry,’ to which the officer replied, ‘It’s your house now, man’, and gave Hemenway a half-hug,” the FBI complaint says.

    Both men also reported entering a circular room with pillars, with Bauer saying he chanted “stop the steal” and took photos and videos. Hemenway said he thought he heard people fighting with police but said he did not approach close enough to witness anything personally.

    The men appeared in a federal court on Friday, pleading not guilty of trespassing and knowingly entering a restricted area.

    According to the FBI, Hemenway entered the building out of “curiosity” and “stupidity,” and said he knew that being in the building was “wrong.”

    Bauer admitted he entered the building to “occupy this space,” but added that he had no intention of harming anyone. According to the FBI report, Bauer said other people in the crowd that raided the Capitol were “angry about pedophiles, the news cycle, and losing their businesses during the lockdown.”

    One Capitol police officer succumbed to his injuries after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher by an unidentified protester during the 6 January unrest. A Trump supporter and Air Force veteran was shot and killed by a police officer in the building the same day. Three others died of injuries sustained during the protests. Footage from inside the Capitol showed police seemingly unprepared for the assault, with officers running away from, taking selfies with or otherwise cooperating with the protesters who entered the building. Other footage from outside the building showed police opening a gate and letting protesters in as others elsewhere continued to engage them with clubs and tear gas.

    Democratic lawmakers characterized the Capitol violence as a “coup attempt” by Trump supporters, and impeached the president on charges of “inciting an insurrection.” Trump, who told protesters to “go home” during the violence, dismissed the charges. Trump loyalists claim it was the Democrats who staged a “coup” via what they said was a “fraudulent” election in November involving the widespread misuse of mail-in ballots, 'faulty' voter machines and other tricks. The president’s legal team has failed to win any of its dozens of court cases on the alleged fraud.

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