Pelosi blocking GOP access to Jan. 6 records, top Republican lawmaker alleges

House Administration Committee ranking member Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) has demanded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stop obstructing the investigation by the GOP into security vulnerabilities at the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

“The events of January 6, 2021 exposed serious security vulnerabilities at the Capitol Complex,” Davis said in a letter to Pelosi on Monday. “Unfortunately, over the past twelve months, House Democrats have been more interested in exploiting the events of January 6th for political purposes than in conducting basic oversight of the security vulnerabilities exposed that day.”

The GOP investigation into Capitol security began right after the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, when they requested records from the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, the House sergeant-at-arms, and the House chief administrative officer.

Only the USCP has produced the requested records; the House sergeant-at-arms and chief administrative officer both report directly to Pelosi and have not responded to the GOP request.

Did Pelosi impact security?

The GOP wants to see communications between the House sergeant-at-arms, the House chief administrative officer, and Pelosi in the days leading up to and during the riot, particularly any directives Pelosi gave to them that may have impacted security.

“As Speaker of the House, you are the most senior elected official in the House of Representatives, and therefore ultimately responsible for all House operations, not just those of your party,” Davis wrote.

Questions of security and how protesters were so easily able to breach Capitol defenses have been asked since shortly after the breach itself happened.

Requests for help from the National Guard during the breach were apparently refused, as the Military Times suggested, and the GOP wants to know why.

“Double standard”

Davis said it was a double standard to hold Trump associates in contempt for raising “legitimate” questions of privilege, and at the same time to obstruct GOP access to records from that day.

“This double standard only adds to the evidence that Democrats are weaponizing events of January 6th against their political adversaries,” Davis wrote. “If you are truly interested in working with Republicans to improve the Capitol security posture, I demand that you direct all House officers immediately to stop obstructing our oversight.”

Pelosi doesn’t really want the truth about Jan. 6 to come out; she wants the Democrat narrative to be perpetuated because it damages Republicans in a midterm election year, plain and simple.

Additionally, she obviously has something to hide regarding how security was handled that day, and what could have been done to prevent the breach in the first place.

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