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New Jersey congressman donates suit he wore during Jan 6 riot to the Smithsonian as museum artifact

A New Jersey congressman announced Tuesday he's donating the blue suit he wore during the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6 to the Smithsonian.

New Jersey congressman donates suit he wore during Jan 6 riot to the Smithsonian as museum artifact
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A New Jersey congressman announced Tuesday he's donating the blue suit he wore during the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6 to the Smithsonian.

Democratic Rep. Andy Kim of New Jersey took to Twitter to both announce and explain the decision behind donating the "unremarkable" suit.

He made the distinction that it was the Smithsonian that approached him first, and not the other way around. While claiming the article of clothing was otherwise "unremarkable," he bought the blue suit with the intention of "celebration," so wearing it the day of confirming the Electoral College seemed to fit the occasion.

Kim went on to say that he wore the suit for the rest of the day on Jan. 6, helping to clean up the mess at the Capitol building. The next week, he wore it again when voting to impeach former President Donald Trump for the second time.

"The Smithsonian called later in January. Honestly, I wasn't thinking about how the day would be remembered as I was still living it. In fact, after the call, I had to pull over on the side of I-95 as I started to tear up uncontrollably while driving home. I was still not ok," Kim tweeted Tuesday.

This isn't the only story about members of the establishment still reeling over what happened at the beginning of the year. In Tuesday's report from VICE, the outlet outlines the PTSD-like symptoms of the press from places like PBS and NBC.

It was also decided Tuesday by DC Judge Royce C. Lamberth that the Capitol rioter known as "QAnon shaman" Jacob Chansley must remain in custody after he's been jailed for almost six months now over the Jan. 6 breach. The federal judge ruled that Chansley could still flee if he were to be released pending trial.

The FBI continues to solicit the public for help in identifying potential suspects. Capitol Police are expanding the force's presence beyond Washington, adding regional offices in California and Florida to handle threats to Congress.

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