FOIA'd: AOC's Claims To Be Put To The Test After Public Records Request Submitted for Congressional Office Building Footage

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In the last week or so, I have made some decent money with the sale of my GameStop stock that I owned since the IPO nearly 20 years ago.  I never thought that what happened with GameStop would lead me to submit a Freedom of Information Act Request to the Capitol Hill Police Department, but here we are.

Last week, when AOC went on a rant about RobinHood’s pause of trades of GameStop, Ted Cruz stepped in to offer support and agreement.   AOC, instead of gracefully accepting the support from Senator Cruz (or even just ignoring it), erroneously suggested that Senator Cruz was behind a plot to kill her.  In the days that followed, representatives from both parties have called on AOC to apologize for her comments.  Instead, AOC decided to double down, this time sharing of her alleged terrifying account of being attacked in the Capitol that day, except the version of the events that she and later Congresswoman Porter shared do not happen to match up with any other public accounts from that day, as covered by my colleague, Nick Arama, twice in the last couple of days, here and here.

These alleged fabrications and embellishments led to #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett trended on Twitter, linking her accusations to that of Jussie Smollett, who fabricated the details of an attack allegedly perpetrated by Trump supporters, the alleged details of which were later completely debunked by the Chicago Police Department.

In the interest of getting to the bottom of the allegations launched and stories told by Congresswoman Ocasio Cortez, I have submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request to the Capitol Hill Police Department, in order to obtain the security footage from outside the offices of both AOC and Congresswoman Katie Porter.

I won’t be like the left though.  If the footage does show people banging on doors and protestors running up and down the hallways, we will publish those photos and video and offer Congresswoman Ocasio Cortez the same benefit of the doubt offered any other Congressperson under the same circumstances.  However, if the information reveals that neither the Cannon of Longworth Office buildings were overrun with protestors and that neither Congresswoman was in any imminent danger, I believe the fabrication of their events warrants their resignations.  Certainly, they were under lockdown in some of those offices, but if the stories of banging on doors and hiding from some vicious mob looking for her turn out to be fabrications, AOC’s actions would amount to the inciting of violence against conservatives.

FOIA requests can take weeks if not months to fully process especially when it comes to video footage, so we can expect that this will take a while to play out.  Stay tuned here at RedState as we continue to attempt to determine the veracity of the claims made by the Congresswoman.