House Majority Whip James Clyburn is calling for an inquiry into how rioters at the U.S. Capitol knew where to find his office space.
In an interview with SiriusXM Radio's Joe Madison, the South Carolina Democrat said Friday that he had never seen such a failure of law enforcement leadership before and suggested "something else is going on here."
"My office, if you don't know where it is, you aren't going to find it by accident," he said. "The one place where my name is on the door, that office is right on Statuary Hall. They didn't touch that door. But they went into that other place where I do most of my work. They showed up there, harassing my staff."
"How did they know to go there? Why didn't they go where my name was?" he asked. "Then, where you won't find my name, but they found where I was supposed to be."
"Something else is going on untoward here," he said. "We need to have an extensive investigation to find out."
Clyburn said he supports the men and women of the Capitol Police, but the agency's leaders failed to do their jobs. He also wondered why videos posted on social media appeared to show officers opening barriers and taking selfies with those who made it inside the building.
"Why were they out there waving people on to the grounds? Why were they allowing people through those doors?" he asked.
Clyburn told Madison that the people involved need to be held accountable for their actions.
"We've got to indict. We've got to convict these people because one of those Capitol Police [officers] died and somebody should be tried for their death," he said. "All those people who were on those grounds the other day were complicit in that."
A protester sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk during Wednesday’s siege of the U.S. Capitol has been identified as Richard Barnett. He was arrested on Friday, Jan. 8. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) (Getty Images)
The Justice Department has pledged to spare no resources in investigating the death of the 12-year veteran of the force, and Capitol Police said Thursday that authorities from multiple agencies — including the FBI — were working on the case.
Clyburn also noted that rioters had been captured in photos ransacking offices like that of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
A senior Justice Department official said authorities took Richard Barnett, 60, into custody in Little Rock, Ark., on Friday, after a viral photograph showed him sitting inside Pelosi’s office with one leg resting on her desk.
Attempts by Fox News to reach Clyburn's office and Capitol Police for further comment were unsuccessful.