House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Jan. 6 committee — the one supposedly “investigating” the Capitol protest — might soon backfire.
Republicans have long alleged that Pelosi may bear some responsibility for the Capitol protest, and it appears that, if they regain Congress in the midterm elections, they are likely to call upon Pelosi to account for her actions — or, rather, her failure to act.
Former Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who is now the CEO of Truth Social — former President Donald Trump’s social media site — indicated as much during a recent appearance on Newsmanx’s Spicer & Co.
He appeared there alongside Kash Patel, who was not only an aide to Nunes but also went on to become the chief of staff of Trump’s Defense Department.
“There was intelligence”
Both Nunez and Patel argued that Pelosi ought to be forced to answer why it is that Pelosi, as the House Speaker, failed to take necessary precautions ahead of Jan. 6, 2021, given the intelligence that had been gathered at the time.
“There was intelligence ahead of time that the Capitol Police should have known – which clearly Kash over at the White House, they knew, which is why President Trump authorized National Guard troops,” Nunes said. “You know there are tens of thousands of people coming, and you do nothing?”
“And this,” Nunes added, “is the question Nancy Pelosi is going to have to answer to because payback is going to be a ‘you-know-what’ if Republicans are successful this November.”
Patel, for his part, insisted that the Defense Department, under Trump, “acted appropriately,” saying, “the American people have a right to know . . . how we acted appropriately on Jan. 4, 5, and 6 to include President Trump’s authorization of the National Guard that Nancy Pelosi and [Washington, D.C.] Mayor [Muriel] Bowser refused.”
In May, CNN reported that House Republicans, should they retake Congress in the midterm elections, plan to subpoena Pelosi in order to get her on the record about her decision-making in and around Jan. 6.
CNN reported: “At the top of the list: Pelosi, whom Republicans say they plan to target over her communications regarding security matters in the run-up to January 6 and as the riot was unfolding in the Capitol.”
The outlet added that there “is broad support within the [Republican] conference to go after Pelosi,” and it cited some Republicans to back this up.
It looks as though Pelosi might not be off the hook after all.