Republicans are focused on holding former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to account for the security failures at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan noted a “pattern” that developed regarding communications and Pelosi’s staff on January 6th.
“The reason there wasn’t a proper security presence on that day goes right to the speaker’s staff and the speaker’s office,” Jordan said.
“As you go back and look at the communications, there’s this pattern that develops where the Sergeant of Arms is meeting with Pelosi’s staff,” he added.
“Many of those meetings, Republican staff wasn’t allowed to be there, but they had this pattern where everything had to run through her office, her staff, before the Sergeant of Arms could make a decision.”
Rep. Troy Nehls said, “And Nancy Pelosi. You do have questions you need to answer … Nancy, we’ll get you, and we’ll fly you back from Italy once you’re the ambassador.”
Jordan and Nehls’s remarks follow a December 2022 report released by Republicans that blamed Pelosi for the security failures at the Capitol, accusing her of creating “political pressures” that led to lackluster security and inadequate preparations that ultimately led to security failures.
The New York Post reported:
“Leadership and law enforcement failures within the U.S. Capitol left the complex vulnerable on January 6, 2021,” says the report, which is based on a trove of texts and email messages, and testimony from Capitol Police leaders and rank-and-file officers.
House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, who answered to Pelosi as one of three voting members of the Capitol Police Board, “succumbed to political pressures from the Office of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat leadership,” was “compromised by politics and did not adequately prepare for violence at the Capitol.”
Nancy Pelosi and her staff “coordinated closely” with Irving on security plans for the Joint Session of Congress on Jan. 6, but Republicans were deliberately left out of “important discussions related to security.”
And, in an apparent attempt to hide from Republicans the fact that they were being excluded from discussions, Irving asked a senior Democratic staffer to “act surprised” when he sent “key information about plans for the Joint Session on Jan. 6, 2021, to him and his Republican counterpart.”
The report also claims “staff within the House Sergeant at Arms office emailed Paul Irving that January 6th was Pelosi’s fault,”
Jordan and Nehls’s statement show Republicans are not going to let Pelosi get away with it.