Video of Nancy Pelosi taken on January 6 raises eyebrows among observers

November 22, 2023

The January 6 riot on Capitol Hill has been back in the news after House Speaker Mike Johnson released over 40,000 hours of footage from the event to Fox News.

However, one video compilation in particular has recently raised eyebrows. The footage shows then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in what some say is a staged conversation. 

First video clip shows Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on the phone with Mike Pence

According to Newsweek, the video was put up on the social media platform previously known as Twitter this past weekend.

The post features two separate video clips, with the first having been released by the controversial United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

The initial clip depicts Pelosi as standing alongside New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer at 5:59 p.m. with no one situated between them.

Second clip features the same dialog by Pence but now includes Sen. Chuck Grassley

Both are shown to be communicating via telephone with then-Vice President Mike Pence about what course of action would be taken next.

"I'm at the Capitol building. I'm literally standing with the Chief of Police, of the U.S. Capitol Police," Pence can be heard saying before the video briefly cuts out.

When the video feed resumes, Pence goes on to add, "They believe that the House and the Senate will be able to reconvene in roughly an hour."

This first clip is then quickly followed by a second clip bearing a CNN label and credited to HBO. While Pence's dialog is identical, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is now standing between Pelosi and Schumer.

Pelosi spokesperson dismisses video hoax claims as "incoherent conspiracy theories"

When the video stopped, text appeared on screen which read, "Exact same recording. Two different shots. One with Grassley—one without Grassley."

Newsweek noted how this obvious discrepancy has led some critics to suggest that the scene was part of an elaborate hoax, with one social media user writing, "The whole damn thing was staged, filmed, and orchestrated by Pelosi."

Aaron Bennett serves as a spokesperson for Pelosi, and she provided a statement to Newsweek dismissing such suggestions. It read, "These incoherent conspiracy theories are nonsense. As numerous independent fact-checkers have repeatedly proven, Speaker Pelosi did not plan her own assassination."

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