A long-time Democrat from Knoxville reported Republican State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver to Washington D.C. law enforcement for being at the Capitol on January 6.
The story was reported Thursday by The Tennessee News Journal (TNJ).
According to TNJ, the report to law enforcement was filed by Knoxville Democrat attorney Dudley Taylor.
According to his webpage, Taylor is a founding partner of the Taylor & Knight law firm in Knoxville.
In addition to active duty service in the Marine Corps and various legal positions, Taylor served as the Commissioner of Revenue from 1987 to 1988 under Governor Ned McWherter.
Taylor’s page also indicates that he was a member of the State Board of Equalization, Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Tennessee Human Rights Commission and the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance.
In 1988, Taylor made an unsuccessful run for Congress in the U.S. House 2nd District against John “Jimmy” Duncan, Jr.
“I respectfully inform you that Terri Lynn Weaver … was a participant,” TNJ said Taylor wrote to D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee.
“She posted photos and informed The Tennessean, the daily newspaper in Nashville, that she was ’in the thick of it.’ She claimed to be a ‘patriot,’ of course,” TNJ reported, including a January 6 tweet from Weaver.
— Terri Lynn Weaver (@TerriLynnWeaver) January 6, 2021
The actual quote from Weaver in The Tennessean was “Just a whole heck of a lot of patriots here. We never experienced any violence.”
Weaver’s tweet includes a picture from the vantage point of the front lawn and not on or in the Capitol.
Additionally, cell networks cut out at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, as PC Magazine discussed, leaving most attendees unable to access phone or internet services until later in the day.
Also of note is that while the crowd size at the Save America rally at The Ellipse adjacent to the Washington Monument doesn’t seem to have been officially estimated, it is obvious that not all of the attendees made the mile and half walk to the Capitol much less making their way inside.
Contee, who was selected in late December by Mayor Muriel Bowser as Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, was sworn into the position on January 2, 2021.
In an email, Contee thanked Taylor for his report and advised, “I will ensure our FBI partners have this information,” TNJ wrote.
Both Taylor and Contee were contacted via email by The Tennessee Star, requesting the reported email exchange between the two.
Taylor was also asked to provide the evidence he offered to law enforcement in conjunction with his report.
Neither Taylor nor Contee responded to The Star’s inquiry.
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