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Pelosi says she rejected two Republicans from Jan 6 panel to stop their ‘antics’ obscuring the truth

Rep. Jim Jordan has blamed Nancy Pelosi for allowing rioters to breach the Capitol on January 6, saying it was her responsibility as Speaker to have a proper security presence in place.  

The Republican Congressman’s comments came after he and Jim Banks – both known Trump supporters – were rejected by Pelosi for serving on the special committee investigating the Capitol insurrection.

‘The fundamental question is why wasn’t there a proper security posture that day? It wasn’t like we didn’t know there was a rally in town. It wasn’t like we didn’t know it would be a big rally, after all it was a President Trump rally,’ the Ohio representative told Fox’s Tucker Carlson on Wednesday. 

‘Why wasn’t there a proper security presence? That is a question that only the speaker of the United States House of Representatives can answer.’

‘My guess is the reason she didn’t have the proper presence there is because – think about what happened last year. The Democrats normalized anarchy. 

‘They said oh, if you are a rioter or a looter, you are attacking police that we are defunding and you are destroying small business we are going to raise money to bail you out of jail. 

‘So with that background, she couldn’t have the presence that you need that day.’

Republicans have pushed the security question, trying to shift the focus of the riot to Democrats, who are focusing on Trump’s role.

Pelosi’s office has noted neither she nor Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who was leader of the Senate on January 6th, were in charge of security operations.

‘I will say again the Speaker of the House is not in charge of the security of the U.S. Capitol Complex any more than former Senate Majority Leader McConnell was on 1/6,’ Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill wrote on Twitter. 

Security in the Capitol is run by the US Capitol Police Board, which consists of the House Sergeant at Arms, the Senate Sergeant at Arms, the Architect of the Capitol, and the head of US Capitol Police. 

 

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (right) blamed Nancy Pelosi for allowing rioters to breach the Capitol on January 6 because she didn’t a property security presence in place on Fox’s Tucker Carlson’s Wednesday night show

Jordan told Carlson that he believes his nomination to the committee was rejected because ‘she just doesn’t want to answer that fundamental question or any other questions,’ referring to his question about having security in place. 

Carlson agreed with Jordan, and added: ‘Immediately after January 6th, Pelosi called the army in, built a wall – ironically – around building for the Capitol police, her own Praetorian guard, et cetera. So she is clearly for law enforcement when they protect her.’

Pelosi used her power as speaker to reject Jordan and Banks from the special committee on Wednesday.

In response, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled all five of his Republican nominees to the committee, prompting a day of finger pointing. 

Each side accused the other of playing politics with the panel tasked to study the origins and effects of the riot, which resulted in five deaths and damage to historic artifacts in the Capitol.

And each side feared with the other would ask: Democrats putting the focus on former President Donald Trump and his actions that day; Republicans questioning why there wasn’t enough security at the Capitol, which would have fallen under Pelosi’s purview as Speaker. 

McCarthy charged Pelosi with ‘playing politics’ and creating a ‘sham process’ with her decision to reject Banks and Jordan, both strong allies of Trump, from serving on the panel.

‘This is all political and we have known it from the start,’ Jordan told Carlson on his Wednesday show.  

Both Jordan and Banks voted to challenge certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory and have promoted the false argument that Trump actually won in 2020 and was the victim of election fraud.


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