House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has received mixed reviews for her creation of a select committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Now, House Republicans have started asking their own questions about Pelosi’s possible role in setting the stage for the Capitol building breach.
“It was supposedly offered”
Specifically, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) told reporters on Tuesday that he wants to know what role the speaker played in formulating security arrangements for the chamber.
“There have been many questions raised about why there wasn’t a higher National Guard presence,” he said. “It was supposedly offered.”
Scalise said he wanted to know at “what level” such security measures were rejected.
“I would hope they would look into that because that question really hasn’t been answered,” the lawmaker added. “How high up the chain did it go? Was it at the speaker’s level where they were offered National Guard protection on Jan. 6 and denied it?”
He went on to take note that Pelosi and other Democrats appear to be selective in what aspects of Capitol security they wish to review, pointing to an attack in April that left one Capitol Hill police officer dead.
“Investigation of the fact”
“There was a Capital Police officer killed after Jan. 6 that Pelosi, Speaker Pelosi, doesn’t want to look into that seems to be loaded by political violence,” Scalise said. “So let’s look at the whole array of political violence and what we can do to dial it down and get better control over it.”
More controversy surfaced on Wednesday amid reports that Pelosi had moved to exclude two GOP members picked by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to sit on the bipartisan select committee.
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN), both considered vocal allies of former President Donald Trump, are not welcome to participate, the speaker declared.
McCarthy released a statement slamming Pelosi for her decision, vowing that his party would lead its own “investigation of the fact” if the two lawmakers were not appointed to the panel.
In his own statement addressing the matter, Jordan said: “Speaker Pelosi just admitted the obvious, that the Jan. 6 Select Committee is nothing more than a partisan political charade.”