Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), one of the most senior members of the U.S. House of Representatives, tonight called for the prosecution of protesters who stormed the Capitol today in opposition to a vote to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“I unequivocally condemn the assault on the Capitol today and those who committed violence, vandalism and other crimes should be prosecuted to the greatest extent of the law,” Smith said.
Smith said that Congress, “despite its many flaws… continues to be an extraordinary marketplace of ideas and differing opinions.”
“The enactment of wise public policy to benefit all Americans requires robust dialogue and debate—and genuine respect for one another especially when there is fundamental disagreement,” the 21-term Republican congressman said. “We must be committed to zero-tolerance towards violence in any form.”
Smith expressed his appreciation to the Capitol Police “for their brave and decisive actions to mitigate and then end today’s crisis.”