House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the reason for less security at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, according to a preliminary report from Republican investigators Reps. Jim Banks and Rodney Davis.
A report by The Federalist indicated that the Capitol Police (USCP) were half-staffed on Jan. 6, due to Pelosi’s House Sergeant at Arms denying multiple requests for National Guard assistance from the Pentagon and the USCP Chief in the days leading up to the event.
The officers were poorly equipped and had insufficient riot shields and helmets, and they were never trained to handle a riot even after the riots of 2020, the investigation shows, according to Banks.
The report by Republicans indicates that it’s not slated for release for weeks, but Banks and Davis said the hyperpartisan Jan. 6 Committee’s attempt to present a “slanted viewpoint as if it were impartial fact” caused them to move early.
The lawmakers said they believe that the release of their findings “will help Americans understand the extent of the Committee’s misrepresentations and omissions.”
“The Committee has lied and made numerous unsupported and disputed claims that have been thoughtlessly parroted by their media and ‘fact-checking’ allies,” said Banks and Davis.
The committee does not include any members who were selected by Republicans, and it has not acknowledged or upheld any minority rights. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., the ranking member of the Administration Committee, announced there will be an investigation into the J6 Committee itself once Republicans gained control of the House, which is anticipated to happen after the November elections.
The GOP members discovered that Pelosi, who is in charge of Capitol security per House rules and has led the Democrat majority for years, repeatedly failed to put into effect necessary upgrades to the Capitol’s security system, despite the J6 Committee’s attempts to pin the Capitol riot on former President Donald Trump and advocates for election integrity.
“This inaction left the Capitol unnecessarily vulnerable,” Banks and Davis noted.
Banks and Davis cited a Capitol Police After-Action Report that revealed the department’s intelligence was reorganized without approval, leaving it without crucial “open-source intelligence capabilities” and resulting in staffing changes that “may have contributed to the tragedy” on January 6.
Banks has frequently blasted Pelosi’s hand-picked committee as a “political witch hunt” intent on defaming conservatives, particularly those who raise questions about the legitimacy of the election, rather than determining what actually transpired on Jan. 6.
“Republicans were denied the right to meaningfully participate in the Democrats’ show trial, but as you know, the five of us are leading our own independent investigation into the total breakdown of security at the Capitol. Our mission is to answer simple questions about what happened that day that Democrats have ignored,” Banks and Davis said.