GOP’s AM presser counters Pelosi’s ‘sham’ hearing with questions they want answered about Jan. 6

A group of Republican lawmakers ripped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning after she made an unprecedented decision last week to block two GOP members from serving on a committee she formed to look into the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Vowing to get to the bottom of what led to the incursion including any neglect on the part of the Speaker herself, one Republican after another accused Pelosi of politicizing the investigation by blocking GOP members she is afraid will ask probing questions that could embarrass her or otherwise dispute the Democratic narrative that former President Donald Trump is solely to blame.

“December 14, the leadership knew there was a problem,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, adding that lawmakers were aware of structural and organizational problems within the Capitol Police that Democrats refused to address.

“There’s questions into the leadership within the structure of the Speaker’s office where they denied the ability to bring the National Guard here” ahead of the January date when Congress met to certify the electors for President Joe Biden.

“For weeks now, [Reps.] Jim Jordan [Ohio] and Jim Banks [Indiana] have been raising some very tough questions — questions that need to be answered about why Speaker Pelosi didn’t make sure that Capitol Police had all the tools they needed to be prepared for that day,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said.

“Now, maybe because they were raising those questions, they got canceled by this new cancel culture that we see moving throughout the country, led by Speaker Pelosi and a lot of her socialist allies here in Congress, where they shut out tough questions that they don’t want to be asked or answered,” he added.

House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York added that Pelosi “is the most disliked elected official in America.”

“She always puts her own partisan politics over what’s best for the American people,” Stefanik added. “She is an authoritarian who has broken the people’s House. She is a lame-duck Speaker and everyone knows it.

“The reason why Pelosi is refusing to seat accomplished and well-respected, hard-working Republicans like Jim Jordan and Jim Banks is because she doesn’t want the American people to know the truth or learn the facts” about what happened before and during the Capitol protest, the New York Republican continued.

“When you spend a year talking about defunding the police and actually defund the police, it’s kinda hard to have more police here [at the Capitol] on Jan. 6 like they should have done,” Jordan, one of the two who, along with Banks, was blocked from serving on the 1/6 committee by Pelosi.

He went on to say that Capitol Police “deserved to have more help” on Jan. 6, “but the Democrats couldn’t do it because of the political conditions they created all throughout last year.”

Banks acknowledged that the 1/6 Committee, which also met for the first time Tuesday, would be hearing from several Capitol Police officers who will testify to harrowing accounts with some Capitol protesters, but added they may not have had to face such dire circumstances were it not for Pelosi’s alleged negligence.

He also railed at the Speaker for barring him from serving on her committee.

“It’s clear at this point that Nancy Pelosi has cherry-picked the members to serve on this committee,” he said. “She’s pre-written a narrative. Only members who will stick to her talking points are allowed to serve on this committee.

“If this is truly a fact-finding mission to make sure that Jan. 6 never happens again, this isn’t what that looks like,” the Indiana Republican added.

Monday evening, Democratic leaders rejected an 11th-hour attempt by McCarthy to seat his original five choices on the committee.

“For the first known time in the history of the House, the speaker of the House rejected two of the minority leader’s nominees to a select committee,” said McCarthy’s resolution. “Speaker Pelosi’s own press office acknowledged that this was an ‘unprecedented decision.’

“Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to seat all five Republican members directly harms the legitimacy, credibility, and integrity of the select committee,” it added.

Jon Dougherty

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