A new book is claiming that Mitt Romney warned Mitch McConnell of a looming threat of violence on the eve of the January 6 Capitol incident, telling the Senate Republican leader that there were calls to “burn down” his residence.
The details of Romney’s private correspondence with the Kentucky statesman are featured in the upcoming book “Romney: A Reckoning” by The Atlantic’s McKay Coppins, one excerpt of which was published this week.
“There are calls to burn down your home, Mitch,” Romney said. “To smuggle guns into DC, and to storm the Capitol.”
Romney’s concerns didn’t end there. He expressed further apprehension about the security measures in place.
“I hope that sufficient security plans are in place, but I am concerned that the instigator — the President (Donald Trump) — is the one who commands the reinforcements the DC and Capitol police might require,” Romney said.
McConnell, however, remained silent and did not acknowledge Romney’s warning as indicated by the excerpt from the upcoming book.
The Capitol riot’s aftermath was devastating. Even though McConnell’s residence was spared, the Capitol itself suffered damages amounting to $2.7 million. A staggering 140 police officers faced assault, as reported by the Department of Justice.