The panic buttons in Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s workplace have been inexplicably ‘torn out’ earlier than final week’s Capitol Riot, sending employees right into a panic as they tried to barricade themselves inside amid the protest.
Pressley’s Chief of Staff Sarah Groh has shared new disturbing particulars of the riot on January 6, revealing how security protocols meant to maintain lawmakers secure did not fuction correctly.
Groh mentioned the Congresswoman and her staffers have been inspired to come back to the Capitol early for the joint session earlier than the crowds outdoors acquired too giant.
‘I used to be deeply involved. It felt like the warmth was being turned up when it comes to the rhetoric and Trump’s goals to incite violence,’ Groh mentioned to the Boston Globe.
When protesters raided the constructing, Pressley’s staffers barricaded the doorway to her workplace with furnishings and water jugs.
Groh pulled out gasoline masks and scanned the room for particular panic buttons, solely to seek out them lacking.
‘Every panic button in my workplace had been torn out – the entire unit,’ she recalled.
In final week’s Capitol siege Rep. Ayanna Pressley and her staffers barricaded themselves in her workplace and looked for panic buttons in her workplace however they have been inexplicably ‘torn out’
They couldn’t discover out why they have been lacking. Groh mentioned she had used them earlier than and so they hadn’t switched officers since then.
Pressley’s Chief of Staff Sarah Groh mentioned she and different staffers, together with Pressley, sheltered in her workplace. She mentioned she looked for panic buttons within the workplace however ‘Every panic button in my workplace had been torn out – the entire unit’
Due to a number of dying threats over the previous two years Pressley’s workplace had routinely ran by security drills and menace situations and have been acquainted with the panic buttons.
The menace of the Trump-inspired mob made Pressley fearful for a number of causes.
She has alopecia, an autoimmune dysfunction that places her in a high-risk class for COVID-19, which she might have contracted by sheltering with different lawmakers and passing the crowds.
She can be a part of the self-dubbed ‘Squad’ group of Democratic Congress members together with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar.
Eventually Pressley and her staffers have been escorted to a number of totally different safe areas.
In the tip Pressley was taken to a secret location the place different House members have been sheltering, the place she and different colleagues began drafting articles of impeachment.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Groh for extra particulars.
After the chaos Pressley opened up concerning the feeling of worry and panic.
‘The experiences of Wednesday have been harrowing and sadly very acquainted within the deepest and most ancestral means. And so after all I’m fearful, however that worry just isn’t new,’ Pressley mentioned to Joy Reid on MSNBC.
A view of the Trump-inspired mob storming the Capitol Building on January 6 to protest the certification of the presidential election above
In the violent protest Trump supporters clashed with police as lawmakers have been compelled to shelter contained in the Capitol constructing
A spokesperson for Pressley mentioned on the lacking panic buttons ‘the matter has been raised with the related companies and is presently underneath investigation’ and the ‘duress buttons’ had been beforehand put in all through her workplace suite.
‘Our employees had used these gadgets earlier than and they’re frequently examined and maintained,’ an announcement shared with The Hill mentioned.
‘The security of the Congresswoman, her household and our employees stay our prime precedence and on the course of the Congresswoman, the Sergeant at Arms oversaw the set up of latest duress buttons all through the workplace following the assault,’ the assertion added.
Fellow Massachusetts lawmaker Rep. Jim McGovern additionally shared particulars of the havoc he noticed unfold throughout the Capitol riot.
He was one of many final roughly 50 members to depart the House chamber and by that point rioters had already shattered home windows within the adjoining foyer and have been banging on the doorways.
‘It was like taking a look at evil,’ he mentioned.
‘It was a horrific day. I simply assumed that the noise we have been listening to outdoors the chamber was only a handful of individuals. I couldn’t think about that total mob might acquire entry to the Capitol,’ he added.
He mentioned that he feared violence might happen throughout the Congress session and as a precaution, ‘I informed my employees to remain house.’