Republicans raise red flags over Pelosi’s ‘extreme partisan’ pick to head Capitol security review

Nancy Pelosi’s pick to head the Capitol security review of the Jan. 6 riot, Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, is claiming that both the Capitol Police and the House and Senate sergeants at arms were allegedly “complicit” in the breach that day.

Honoré has made numerous statements that have Republicans very concerned. Just days after the riot occurred, Honoré attacked what transpired that day: “I was surprised that the Pentagon did not have those troops on standby,” Honoré stated on MSNBC. “The FBI had a major failure in their intelligence.”

He also stated: “I think once this all gets uncovered, it was complicit actions by Capitol Police.” Honoré is calling for an investigation into the alleged possibility that former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund “was … complicit along with the sergeant at arms in the House and the Senate.” He emphatically stated that “It gives appearance of complicity.”

The former general didn’t stop there. He also insinuated that the Capitol Police and others “complied because he might have thought 45 was coming to the Capitol and he gave way to the protesters.”

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On Fox 8 the day after the Capitol riot, Honoré claimed he had “just never seen so much incompetence, so they’re either that stupid or ignorant or complicit.” He again stated that he believes the police were complicit.

Tucker Carlson exposed the disturbing comments on his show on Wednesday night. Honoré is remembered for his heavy-handedness in Hurricane Katrina when it came to seizing guns. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) tweeted that Honoré “should be the LAST person to head up an investigation of what happened at the Capitol on Jan 6th.”

“Speaker Pelosi’s choice to investigate the causes and events leading to January 6 of someone who has displayed through his public statements a deep-seated hatred for Republicans provides clear evidence she does not seek an investigation, but rather simply wants a firing squad to take out political opponents,” Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert also said in a blistering statement. “We do need answers about January 6, but not from a totalitarian leftist general who has such hateful animus for those with opposing political views.”

There is a great deal of distrust for the former Army general. GOP Reps. Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, Rodney Davis, and James Comer wrote a letter this week to Nancy Pelosi complaining about his appointment and how the minority was not consulted before she did so.

“General Honoré is a committed public servant whose name is synonymous with integrity and professionalism. His efforts to review the U.S. Capitol’s security infrastructure, interagency processes and procedures and command and control have included seeking bipartisan input in order to achieve its mission,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told Fox News. “There is no room for partisanship in the Speaker’s efforts to make the U.S. Capitol a safe place for staff, workers, press and Members.”

“The General is a respected leader with experience dealing with crises,” Pelosi stated on Jan. 15. “House Leadership has worked with General Honoré, seen up close and personal his excellent leadership at the time of Katrina, particularly Mr. Clyburn was the head of our Katrina task force. So, he and I and others know full well how fortunate we are that the General has accepted, is willing to do this.”

Pelosi emphasized that there “is strong interest in the Congress in a 9/11‑type commission, an outside commission to conduct that after‑action review. In the meantime, I am very grateful to General Honoré for taking on this responsibility.”

“For the past few weeks, General Honoré has been assessing our security needs by reviewing what happened on January 6 and how we must ensure that it does not happen again,” she reported. “It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened… As we prepare for the Commission, it is also clear from General Honoré’s interim reporting that we must put forth a supplemental appropriation to provide for the safety of Members and the security of the Capitol.”

The ongoing presence of troops in D.C. has not been explained by lawmakers who claim there is a credible threat. At first, they were only going to be there for the inauguration. Then, they were going to be present until March. Now, they will reportedly be there until the fall and probably much longer than that.

At 74, the retired general is not making friends on the right. He has them extremely worried over his extreme partisanship.

Tucker Carlson reported on Wednesday night concerning a tweet Honoré sent out on Jan. 11. He made reference to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), “This little peace of s**t with his @Yale law degree should be run out of DC and Disbarred ASAP.” He proceeded to tag Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and he labeled them “a** hats.” Honoré added, “these @Yale and @Harvard law grads is high order white privilege.”


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