Former President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s backing Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) for reelection, with the endorsement coming just two days after the January 6 committee announced it was investigating a tour Loudermilk gave of the Capitol the day before the Trump supporters stormed the building on January 6, 2021.
Trump called Loudermilk “a fantastic representative for the incredible people of Georgia’s 11th Congressional District” in a brief endorsement message that made no mention of the controversy surrounding the tour.
Leaders of the January 6 committee sent a letter to Loudermilk on Thursday asking him to voluntarily answer questions about the tour, amid rioters went on “reconnaissance” visits before storming the Capitol.
Republicans had previously asserted that no tours were given in the days leading up to January 6.
Loudermilk in response said he met with “a constituent family with young children” in “House Office Buildings,” slamming the committee’s investigation as a “political circus.”
The committee did not directly accuse Loudermilk of meeting with anyone involved in the rioting.