Democrats are preparing a solemn event to memorialize the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
At the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is facing mounting speculation that she attempted to hide evidence of her failure to provide sufficient security to the Capitol building.
“Not just those of your party”
In a sharply worded letter, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) accused Pelosi of stonewalling a probe into Capitol security procedures.
Pelosi’s party has used the riot to push the partisan narrative that supporters of former President Donald Trump pose a threat to democracy.
Nevertheless, Davis argued that Democrats have been “more interested in exploiting the events of Jan. 6 for political purposes than in conducting basic oversight of the security vulnerabilities exposed that day.”
In his letter to Pelosi, he wrote: “As Speaker of the House, you are the most senior elected official in the House of Representatives, and therefore ultimately responsible for all House operations, not just those of your party.”
Indeed, Pelosi went so far as to describe Republicans as “the enemy within” before signing off on a partisan select committee tasked with probing the circumstances surrounding the riot.
“Only adds to the evidence”
The events of Jan. 6 have proven to be a powerful preoccupation for many Democrats — along with progressive pundits and mainstream media figures.
For his part, Davis asserted that Democrats are revealing a “double standard” by ignoring his party’s requests for information while threatening criminal charges against Trump administration insiders opposed to subpoenas issued by the Jan. 6 committee.
“This double standard only adds to the evidence that Democrats are weaponizing events of January 6th against their political adversaries,” he wrote.
A number of prominent Democrats are clearly planning to capitalize on the anniversary of the riot this week with a fresh push to fundamentally reform the nation’s election system. Thursday’s partisan pageantry is set to include a series of prayers and a meeting of historians planning to document the events of that monumental day.