Video evidence reveals that Anthony Aguero, a friend of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), was inside the Capitol building after Trump supporters broke in amidst the rioting on January 6. Greene and Aguero’s connection is relatively close — she’s characterized him as “amazing” and a “friend,” and at a pro-Trump rally in D.C. on November 14 (not that long ago!), Aguero accompanied Greene off stage after she addressed the crowd. On the flip side, Aguero has referred to Greene as “one of my closest friends” — and, in the description of CNN, he was filmed “inside the Capitol, just inside and just outside the Rotunda near what are known as the Columbus Doors” during the deadly pro-Trump rioting.
NEW: Videos reviewed by CNN show Anthony Aguero, a close ally and friend of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene inside the Capitol during the January 6th riot.
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) March 24, 2021
In one revealing video posted on Instagram by a multimedia journalist going by Oliya Scootercaster, Aguero can be seen inside the Capitol Rotunda, while in other footage, Aguero could be seen leaving the building. Aguero previously claimed to social media followers that he was among those who went into the building, but he initially declined to confirm his claim of going inside when questioned by CNN, although he did state to CNN at one point that he was at the Capitol, claiming to have been present in a journalistic capacity.
Aguero’s journalism excuse does not, however, hold water. In footage from the scene, Aguero can be heard chanting “heave ho” as the mob worked to force their way into the building, and in footage that he himself posted, Aguero appears to cheer in response to an initial break-in on one side of the Capitol. Aguero has also expressed clear support for those who perpetrated the deadly violence, insisting in a video following the rioting that “a message was sent” and calling those who participated — including himself, it turns out — “patriots.”
Aguero claimed on video that he “was able to make it inside the chambers,” adding to his viewers: “I have footage that I’m going to provide for you guys as we made our way in there.” It’s unclear whether Aguero could face criminal charges in connection to the rioting. Charges so far have seemed to focus on those who directly perpetrated physical violence, like in the case of then-State Department staff member Federico Klein, who assaulted officers — and then continued in his Trump administration job.
Greene has faced her own scrutiny following the rioting, in part due to her promotion of the lie that Trump was the rightful winner of the 2020 presidential election, which the rioters used as a pretense. Revelations of past social media activity from Greene also recently showed that she repeatedly expressed apparent support for executing prominent Democrats. In response, Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution last week that would expel Greene from Congress, although successfully enacting the move would require the agreement of two-thirds of the chamber, and there’s no indication that Republicans are going to break ranks en masse now.