Hunterdon County Commissioner Susan Soloway admits she attended last week's protest in Washington D.C.
But never did she enter the U.S. Capitol building, she said.
Instead, she says she left due to safety concerns.
“Our group was shocked, outraged, and frankly scared, when it became apparent that a group of thugs were using the rally as a pretense to attack the U.S. Capitol,” said Soloway, according to the New Jersey Globe.
“As those actions unfolded, concerned for our own safety, we quickly left the area.”
Soloway had posted photos on Facebook of her attendance at the protest — but she quickly deleted them from the platform after learning that the protest had gotten violent, the Globe reports.
Soloway — who has not been accused of any crime or misconduct — subsequently submitted media evidence to the FBI, including videos and photos taken outside the Capitol building, the report said.
Soloway won the Hunterdon County freeholder board seat in 2018 and helped organize the trip to Washington with other local activists, the report said.
The state’s Federation of Republican Women president Angelique Scholl, meanwhile, says the organization’s contribution was more informal.
“It wasn’t organized directly,” Scholl told the Globe. “It was more of a grassroots effort,” Scholl said. “We were fully supportive of the efforts.”
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