Since the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has spent a lot of time focused on security on the Hill. Now, however, one Republican has charged that Pelosi may have some ulterior motives for her newfound push for surveillance.
According to Breitbart, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) raised concerns Wednesday about Pelosi’s recent measures to secure the Capitol, suggesting she may be using the January riot to her advantage politically.
“A dedicated partisan”
Speaking with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Hawley particularly took issue with Pelosi’s decision to task retired U.S. Army Lt. General Russel Honoré with reviewing security at the Capitol.
“This is somebody, this particular General who has been retired now for a while, and I don’t question his service to our country at all, Tucker. I applaud him for it,” Hawley said, according to Breitbart.
“But he has been a partisan, a dedicated partisan — that’s putting it mildly — since he left the military, an extreme left-wing Democrat. And you could just see it in the comments that he’s made,” the senator remarked.
“Run out of D.C.”
According to Fox, Honoré had previously put out a tweet in which he referred to Sen. Hawley as a “little piece of s***” who “should be run out of DC and Disbarred ASAP.”
Honoré also reportedly accused Hawley and fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of possessing “high order white privilege.”
The tweets were apparently later deleted. But that hasn’t quelled Hawley’s concerns.
The senator said Wednesday that he’s concerned about what the House speaker and members of her party are “laying the groundwork for here.”
“I’m concerned that they continue to treat the Jan. 6 catastrophe, that criminal riot as an excuse to seize power, to control more power, to step on people’s Second Amendment rights, to take away their First Amendment rights,” Hawley told Carlson, according to Breitbart.
“Now, we’re hearing about a domestic war on terror,” the senator added. “I mean, what’s that going to be? An excuse to go rifle through the emails and bank statements and personal messages of law-abiding Americans?
“I mean, this is very, very frightening stuff,” Hawley said. “And what Pelosi and the Democrats are doing here trying to consolidate power, it’s dangerous.”