House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is facing increasing scrutiny of her decisions regarding House security prior to the January 6 Capitol riot, but she’s pushing back — hard.
Pelosi’s office is attempting to cover up Pelosi’s role in denying requests to increase security measures ahead of the chaotic election certification vote, responding to GOP lawmakers’ request for answers by claiming that they’re trying to “deflect” responsibility for the riots away from Trump.
A coalition of GOP leaders sent a letter to Pelosi on Monday demanding she answer questions about why she refused requests from Capitol police to shore up security on January 4.
The Republican Reps. wrote that they had “many important questions” about Pelosi’s “responsibility for the security” of the Capitol on Jan. 6 which “remain unanswered.”
In response to the request for information, Pelosi’s office said that the Speaker “has and will continue to take action to ensure accountability and enhance the security of the Capitol.”
“Two of the four House Republican ranking members voted to overturn the results of a fair election, just hours after the Capitol was sacked by an insurrectionist, right-wing mob – a mob incited by Trump,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill told Fox News, turning the spotlight back on Trump and his supporters once again.
“A full 65% of House Republicans joined them in voting to undermine our democracy,” Hammill deflected. “All four ranking members also voted against holding Donald Trump accountable for inciting the mob. Clearly, the security of our Capitol and democracy are not the priorities of these ranking members.”
Then-Capitol police chief Steve Sund claimed that he approached former House Sargeant at Arms Paul Irving — who was later fired by Pelosi — about requesting additional National Guard resources ahead of the January 6th certification vote.
Irving refused the request, but GOP leaders claim that the blame for the lack of resources lies at Pelosi’s feet because “the speaker is responsible for all operational decisions made within the House.”
Hammill fired back that Republicans are initiating a “transparently partisan attempt to lay blame on the speaker, who was a target of assassination during the insurrection fueled by the lies of House Republicans,” and that “the ranking members are trying to absolve former Police Chief Sund, former Sergeant-at-Arms Stenger and the leader who appointed him, Mitch McConnell, of any responsibility.”