Democrats have been so concentrated on using the Jan. 6 Committee as a way to attack Republicans and specifically President Donald Trump, they haven’t focused on some of the important concerns about security.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had denied the Republicans their choices on the Committee, so House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pulled them all, and the Jan. 6 Committee as a result was a complete partisan exercise, with everyone on the Committee appointed by Pelosi, presenting only the Democratic narrative about the day.
But now, House Republicans have dropped their report. Included in the report are a bunch of text and email messages on Wednesday that the Committee ignored, but the Republicans found as a result of their probe. The Republicans on the report – Reps. Rodney Davis, Jim Banks, Troy Nehls, Jim Jordan, and Kelly Armstrong — pointed to failures of the Democratic leadership and the Capitol Police leadership who were more concerned about the “optics” of the National Guard or armed officers than they were about security. Part of this was because of the National Guard having to be called out in the past for BLM/Antifa riots.
Banks said Pelosi had a role in the failures and left the Republicans out.
“Our report exposes the partisanship, incompetence and indifference that led to the disaster on January 6 and it the leading role Speaker Pelosi and her office played in the security failure at the Capitol,” he said. “Unlike the sham January 6th Committee, House Republicans produced a useful report that will keep our Capitol and USCP officers safe with no subpoena power and no budget.”
The report does not sugarcoat the behavior of pro-Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol.
“On January 6, 2021, criminal rioters assaulted police officers, broke into the U.S. Capitol, damaged property, and temporarily interfered with the certification of states’ presidential and vice presidential electors at the Joint Session of Congress — a typically pro forma event,” it noted.
But its most explosive revelations involved text and email messages showing that two key staffers in Pelosi’s office attended regular meetings to discuss the security plan for Jan. 6 dating back to early December 2020 and that Pelosi’s top aide even edited some of the plans. Most of those discussions and meetings excluded Republican lawmakers in the House, the report noted.
“Then-House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving — who served on the Capitol Police Board by virtue of his position — succumbed to political pressures from the Office of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat leadership leading up to January 6, 2021,” the report said. “He coordinated closely with the Speaker and her staff and left Republicans out of important discussions related to security.”
This rebutted the narrative that Pelosi had “no power” and wasn’t involved in the decisions about security for the day.
According to the report:
“Documents provided by the House Sergeant at Arms show how then-House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving carried out his duties in clear deference to the Speaker, her staff, and other Democratic staff,” it said.
It noted that Pelosi’s chief of staff Terri McCullough and another aide assigned to Pelosi’s staff, Jamie Fleet, had regular contact with police and the sergeant at arms over the security planning for Jan. 6 starting in early December 2020. At one point, McCullough was so involved she was asked to edit a security plan letter that was going to lawmakers a few days ahead of the tragic events.
“Irving sent the draft to McCullough and Fleet and requested any edits comments or concerns,” the report said “McCullough responded shortly afterwards with edits.”
Some in the Capitol Police had begged for help but were left hanging high and dry.
Chief Sund begged repeatedly for troops but has testified that Irving rebuffed him over concern about “optics.” During the violence on Jan. 6, Sund repeated his request, but help was delayed until after the riot ended, because Irving needed to run it up the chain of command, a.k.a. Pelosi.
“The Speaker’s office was heavily involved in planning and decision-making before and during the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and micromanaged the Sergeant at Arms.”
The report concluded the Capitol Police were left understaffed, undertrained, and underequipped to deal with such a situation. That’s the thing the Democrats should have concentrated on, to prevent such a situation in the future. But they’re too obsessed with their political agendas to make that the highlight. They also didn’t want to expose how much Pelosi had been involved and how the Democratic claim that she had “no power” was just not the case.