GOP lawmakers pursue their own probe into Jan. 6 riot, focus on Capitol security

Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) booted a handful of Republican lawmakers from a partisan select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, that has not stopped them from probing the matter on their own.

According to the Washington Examiner, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) has advised that the results of that GOP investigation will ultimately be released to the public.

“The enemy within”

As it stands, the official Jan. 6 committee is made up of nine members — seven Democrats and two Republicans with a record of opposing former President Donald Trump.

Earlier this year, Pelosi denied Banks and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) seats on the panel and described the GOP as “the enemy within.”

Both lawmakers subsequently indicated that they planned to challenge the prevailing Democratic narrative regarding the breach of the Capitol building in January while also investigating a series of violent protests in cities across the nation last year.

Banks told the Washington Examiner that Pelosi’s handpicked committee is determined to characterize Trump and his allies as terrorists who helped plot an insurrection.

Along with Jordan, he said his goal is to determine whether Pelosi failed to adequately secure the Capitol ahead of the Jan. 6 riot.

“Internal security breakdown”

In his own statement, Jordan said that Democrats “don’t want to get to the main question” regarding whether Pelosi dropped the ball and left the Capitol vulnerable to an attack.

“And the only one who can answer that question is Speaker Pelosi,” he said. “In fact, I still believe the reason Mr. Banks and I were not permitted to be on the committee is because Speaker Pelosi knew we were going to focus on that fundamental question.”

Although an FBI investigation determined that the rioters were “unorganized and acted spontaneously,” Banks asserted that there was an “internal security breakdown” that day that permitted the mob to gain access to the Capitol building.

For his part, Trump ally Steve Bannon has hinted at a plan to “blow up” the Democratic Party’s narrative by goading prosecutors and members of the select committee into divulging critical information.

Bannon is facing a criminal contempt charge for refusing to answer a subpoena issued by the committee, leading many Americans to interpret the charge as an act of political retaliation.

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