GOP Rep. Brian Mast’s Capitol siege question stumps House during Trump impeachment vote

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WASHINGTON — An awkward silence filled the House of Representatives chamber when a GOP congressman posed question to his colleagues before the House voted to impeach President Trump for a second time.

GOP Rep. Brian Mast of Florida took to the lectern asking if any of the mob of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the US Capitol to dispute the outcome of the presidential election last week had been asked if they did so at the behest of the president.

“I rise with a very simple question. On January 6, thousands broke the law by taking siege of our Capitol here with us inside,” Mast began.

“Has any one of those individuals who brought violence on this Capitol been brought here to answer whether they did that because of our president?” he asked.

More than 27 seconds of awkward silence followed as a masked Mast stared ahead stone faced and in the background, freshman Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene could be seen throwing her hands up in confusion.

Mast, an Afghanistan War veteran, relented after the prolonged period of silence saying, “It appears I will receive no answer.”

Dozens of demonstrators who stormed Congress dressed in pro-Trump regalia have been arrested and charged with violent and unlawful entry to the Capitol where hundreds of lawmakers were gathered inside for a vote to confirm Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

In one video shared on Twitter, a rioter with a bullhorn can be heard yelling: “We were invited here. We were invited by the president of the United States.”

On Wednesday afternoon, the House voted to impeach President Trump on the charge he incited an insurrection — becoming the first president in history to be impeached twice.

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