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Schumer: Put Capitol Rioters On The "No-Fly" List

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Sen. Chuck Schumer held a press conference on Tuesday and called for those that were a part of the riot at the U.S. Capitol should be added to the TSA's "no-fly" list.


SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): Thank you for coming. We have three subjects today. First, the subject at hand which is the no-fly list. Second, my response to Trump's despicable comments this morning. And third, how we can get the session--the Senate back into session very, very quickly; that only Leader McConnell is standing in the way. We have some new evident--new discussion on that.

First on the no-fly, and we're going to try to be as quick as we can because you're all together. So we know that many stormed and breached the Capitol just days ago, and then they traveled afar. They were on airplanes, and some were arrested when they arrived at airports. One person was arrested as far away as Hawaii. And there are many examples of travel, and we have seen online and the authorities have seen online desires to come back to Washington, and to go to other places to cause more trouble and more violence.

(PROTESTORS HECKLE: TRAITOR! TREASON!)

SCHUMER: And there are many examples of this kind of travel. There are many examples of this kind of travel. So here we are today, and we are concerned about these people getting back on airplanes and doing more violence.

And so he--today, ahead of a concern for--ahead of the concern for possible future attacks and with the law on our side, we are to say that these insurrectionists, many of whom are known to be at large, should not be able to hop on a flight.

We are today--we are here today because the folks, the people, the insurrectionists who breached the U.S. Capitol fall under the definition of threats to the homeland and should be immediately added to the TSA no-fly list.

We are calling on the authorities, the FBI and TSA. Any of those who were inside the Capitol should be placed on the no-fly list and not be allowed to fly because any of those who were inside the Capitol should not be able to fly and should be placed on the no-fly list.

We are calling on the authorities, FBI, TSA, Department of Homeland Security, to put them on the no-fly list immediately. Amidst the continued threat of future violence online, the federal government's own concerns, I spoke to Director Wray about this twice in the last few days.

We cannot allow these same insurrectionists to get on a plane and cause more violence and more damage. These individuals are threat to the homeland as defined by the law--the law allows this. And they should be placed on the no-fly list.

Look, the attack on our Capitol remains under active investigation. The situation has many concerned about the possibility of another attack or attacks, and rightfully so. I'm continuing to be briefed on an almost daily basis as recently as last night by law enforcement, to one, ask them what their threat assessments are; to two, make sure they're going after every person who was inside that building. And three, to do everything they can to prevent any future attacks like the one that occurred in the Capitol.
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