Graham calls storming of Capitol 'mind-boggling'

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called the violence at the U.S. Capitol "mind-boggling" and echoed the call by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for the Senate's sergeant of arms to resign. (Jan. 7)

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LINDSEY GRAHAM: The first thing that stands out to me is how embarrassed and disgusted I am that the United States Capitol could be taken over by domestic terrorists while we're in session transferring power from one president to the other, that a band of people-- who are terrorists, not patriots-- literally occupied the floor of the House, drove the Senate out of its chamber. And the question for the country is, how could that happen 20 years after 9/11?

It is mind-boggling that such an event could occur. Senator Schumer's call for the sergeant-of-arms of the Senate to resign, I echo that.

But we haven't been protesting lately. We've been burning down cities, we've been attacking federal courthouses, we've been looting in the name of social justice. And now we've occupied the Capitol. This needs to stop.

So what am I calling for? I'm calling for a joint task force to be assembled and spend all the time and money necessary to identify every person who breached the security of the Capitol, who occupied the chambers, who invaded offices, and destroyed property. The people sitting in the chairs need to be sitting in a jail cell. The people who attacked the Capitol Hill police need to be charged with attacking a police officer. Sedition may be a charge for some of these people.