A close ally of Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has been seen on footage taken inside the U.S. Capitol building during the January 6 riot.
CNN reviewed footage from inside the seat of Congress confirming the presence of Anthony Aguero, a conservative live-streamer, activist and associate of Greene, the news network reported Wednesday.
Aguero previously said in a video he had been among those who entered the building, but declined to answer if he had been inside when questioned again by CNN.
He claimed videos later posted to social media accounts from inside and outside the Capitol were not his and had been recorded from other people.
Publicly posted videos of the riot reviewed by CNN’s KFile investigation team provided the first visual confirmation that Aguero went inside the building, the network said.
Aguero previously confirmed he was at the Capitol as an ‘independent journalist’ reporting the events. He has appeared in videos reporting on events for conservative media outlet Real America’s Voice.
Anthony Aguero, a conservative live-streamer, activist and associate of Marjorie Taylor Greene, said in a video following the January 6 Capitol riot that he had been among those who entered the building
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican from Georgia, speaks during a protest outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 5
In a video immediately filmed following the riot, Aguero said ‘a message was sent.’
He described those who broke into the building as ‘patriots,’ and commented ‘#PatriotsSaveAmerica2021! Not Antifa/BLM!!!’ in a comment, which has since been removed, that was made immediately following the Capitol ransacking.
Aguero appears never to have uploaded any footage he took inside the Capitol to Facebook or Instagram.
But there are videos in which he can be heard chanting ‘heave ho’ as rioters attempted to break into the Capitol’s west side. In a comment, Aguero wrote ‘MAGA’ under the video. Aguero can later be heard chanting ‘our house’ among the Capitol mob on the building’s east side.
Aguero declined to comment to CNN about the video confirmation, while Greene’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
Aguero’s Twitter account includes a photo of him at an event with Greene and others with the hashtag #FightLikeGreene.
Aguero was one of six candidates in the 2020 Republican primary for Congressional District 16 representing El Paso, Texas. Democratic incumbent Veronica Escobar retained her seat in the November general election, defeating Republican Irene Armendariz-Jackson.
A photo posted to Aguero’s Twitter account on March 19 shows Marjorie Taylor Greene, center, with Aguero, right, and others at a political event
Aguero was one of six candidates in the 2020 Republican primary for Congressional District 16 representing El Paso, Texas
Greene, who took office this year, has in the past promoted conspiracies about QAnon and the 9/11 attacks and was stripped of her Congressional committee assignments. She currently is the target of an expulsion resolution from House Democrats.
Greene has called Aguero ‘one of my closest friends’ and has worked with the live-streamer on issues such as immigration and the border wall. The pair also have attended Trump rallies together.
In a candidate survey conducted by Ballotpedia, Aguero said he was an advocate for ‘American issues such as the 2nd Amendment and Border Security.’
‘While covering these issues in El Paso with Border Network News, I have been on the front lines of our broken immigration system with Border Patrol and with local 2nd Amendment Advocacy groups to bring attention and support these vital issues,’ he said.
Aguero identified a ‘globalization agenda’ as the nation’s greatest challenge over the next decade.
‘The greatest challenge we as Americans face is the globalization agenda against our sovereignty by the main stream propaganda machine and leftist elected ‘officials,” Aguero said.