Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have been the mastermind of the partisan Jan. 6 committee, which is comprised of anti-Trump Democrats and fledgling Republicans. But far from seeking to give Americans the “whole truth and nothing but the truth” about what happened during the Capitol riots on that date one year ago, she and her committee appear to be acting as “gatekeepers” who release only the information that conforms to a pre-existing narrative of events.
House Republicans have once again issued a set of demands for Pelosi to answer for the unusual set of circumstances that preceded the Capitol riots.
“In a new letter to Pelosi, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) outlined steps he and fellow Republicans have taken to conduct oversight of these vulnerabilities, including understanding how House officials prepared for and responded to the violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 of last year,” Just the News reported.
“These House officials, who are appointed by and answer only to you, have blocked our access to key records necessary for this oversight,” Davis wrote Pelosi. “Accordingly, we write to demand that you instruct all House officers to immediately cease obstructing our oversight of the Capitol complex’s security vulnerabilities.”
The report notes that Republican oversight efforts began on January 13, 2021, when Rep. Davis, who is the ranking member of the House Administration Committee, sent letters to three officials: The acting House sergeant-at-arms, the House chief administrative officer, and the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP).
Davis asked them to preserve all records relating to the Capitol siege. While the USCP complied, the sergeant-at-arms and chief administrative officer, both of whom respond directly to Pelosi, replied they were “unable to comply with the request at this time.”
Davis says that neither official has complied with his request. He then detailed multiple examples from the last year when both the sergeant-at-arms and the chief administrative officer ignored requests for information related to Jan. 6.
“As various federal entities began to produce January 6 material to several House committees, Republicans made requests — including to the House Sergeant-at-Arms and the House Chief Administrative Officer — that all such material be shared equally with Democrats and Republicans,” the letter stated. “Both the Sergeant-at-Arms and the Chief Administrative Officer failed to produce any documents to Republicans pursuant to our requests, suggesting that these House officers may be providing documents only to Democrats on a partisan basis.”
“The Democrat-led House select committee established by Pelosi to investigate the Capitol breach won’t include a review of her role in ensuring the proper security preparations,” the report added.
In February, GOP leaders wrote to Speaker Pelosi and asked her five questions about Jan. 6:
- When then-Chief of Capitol Police Steve Sund made a request for National Guard support on January 4, why was that request denied?
- Did then-Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving get permission or instruction from your office on January 4 prior to denying Chief Sund’s request for the National Guard?
- What conversations and what guidance did you and your staff give the Sergeant at Arms leading up to January 6 specific to the security posture of the Capitol?
- What conversations did you have during the attack on the Capitol and what response did you give security officials on January 6 when Chief Sund requested National Guard support that required your approval?
- Why are your House Officers refusing to comply with preservation and production request to turn over requested materials relevant to the events of January 6?
The FBI and intelligence agencies had received chatter for months ahead of the event that a number of far-right extremist groups were intent on descending on the Capitol for the convening of the Electoral College. The Joint Session of Congress would certify Joe Biden’s 81 million presidential votes as valid, thereby making him the next President of the United States.
It is obvious that the event was going to be fraught with tension and potential confrontation. Even a secret FBI team with “shoot-to-kill” orders trained on January 3 for a possible Capitol insurrection. The question is: If they knew that riots and a potential Capitol siege were coming, why didn’t officials like Nancy Pelosi do more to heighten security and to potentially stop it?
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