House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her fellow Democrats, in probing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, have focused almost solely on casting blame and finding criminal culpability for former President Donald Trump and his associates.
But that has been to the exclusion of addressing what went wrong security-wise, according to a top House Republican tasked with oversight of Capitol security, who has also alleged Pelosi is covering up potential evidence of security preparation failures prior to and during the Capitol riot, Just the News reported.
That Republican is Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), the ranking GOP member of the House Administration Committee, who recently spoke with Just the News’ investigative journalist John Solomon about Pelosi’s duplicity with regard to figuring out what really happened on Jan. 6.
“What is she hiding?”
“We know there were intelligence analysis failures at the Capitol Police,” Davis told Solomon. “And frankly, John, I don’t think those have been corrected yet. Our job is to protect the Capitol, and they’re making the same bad decisions.”
At issue for Davis, aside from neglected security reform recommendations, is the fact that he requested certain documents and communications from three specific individuals — the then-acting Chief of the Capitol Police, the then-acting House Sergeant-at-Arms (SAA), and the House Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) — but has only received a response from the Capitol Police.
That former chief, Stephen Sund, has alleged that he requested backup in the form of National Guard troops several days before the riot in anticipation of the possibility of violence and unrest, but had been denied by the then-SAA, Paul Irving, due to the bad “optics” of troops guarding the Capitol. That allegation has been disputed, but no documents or communications have been provided to Davis by the SAA or CAO.
“They will not comply and give that info to us,” Davis said. “At a time when the Speaker through this sham Select Committee is asking and getting voluntarily thousands of communications from people who are no longer employed by government, she is denying that committee of jurisdiction access to government communications. What is she hiding?”
“All we ever asked for is we want communications leading up to and on Jan. 6, we want to be preserved, we want to be turned over to us, because my job, my job is to make sure that the Capitol is secure,” he continued. “And it’s laughable to think that that’s not germane to making sure that we don’t make those same mistakes again.”
Questions need answers
“I fully expect to be chairman when we take the majority. And I guarantee you, we will get these communications,” Davis added. “But by then, it’s two years past the time when the American people should have seen what did, or in many cases, did not happen to prepare our cops and our security apparatus prior to January 6.”
Fox News reported that Rep. Davis recently reiterated his demands for the requested documents to be turned over and issued an accusation that Pelosi was leading a coverup of that pertinent information in both a letter to the speaker and a conference call with reporters.
That letter to Pelosi also contained several probing questions about Jan. 6 Capitol security preparations and failures that remain unanswered, in large part due to the noncompliance and obstruction of the SAA and CAO, both of whom report directly to Pelosi.
Some of the questions included information about why Sund’s request for additional security was denied; did Pelosi have any involvement in Irving’s denial; what sort of conversations were held between Pelosi’s office and the SAA and CAO prior to Jan. 6; and why those House officers have thus far refused to comply with his requests.