House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been virtue signaling about the Capitol riot for weeks now, but sources say that she has more of a role in the disaster than she wants to admit.
Former House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, who resigned in the aftermath of the chaos, recalled that Pelosi made it clear prior to January 6 that a national guard presence at the Capitol was not an option due to bad “optics.”
Sources with knowledge of Irving’s communications with the House Administration Committee claim that discussions between Irving and Pelosi’s office factored into the former House official’s “blender of decision making.”
The Daily Caller reported on Saturday:
Pelosi’s office had previously impressed upon Irving that the National Guard was to remain off Capitol Grounds, Irving allegedly told House Admin. The discussions, which centered around “optics,” allegedly occurred in the months prior to the Jan. 6 riot, during a time when deployment of federal resources for civil unrest was unpopular with Democrats and many members of Congress.
The three sources who confirmed the discussion to the Daily Caller did so under the condition of anonymity, citing the fear of putting a chill on further witnesses to how the security situation unfolded Jan. 6. The discussion, if accurate, raises questions as to what role Pelosi’s office had in the security failures that resulted in the resignations of both Irving and former Chief of Capitol Police Steven Sund. Pelosi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill did not deny the allegations in a statement to the Daily Caller.
The House Sargeant at Arms is chosen by the Speaker of the House and works under their direction, and Irving’s testimony about the events leading up to and including January 6th calls Pelosi’s leadership into question.
The Caller continued:
Irving testified that he first received a formal request from Sund to activate the National Guard after 2 pm on Jan. 6th. Additionally, when Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley asked if he had to run the request “up the chain of command,” Irving replied “no,” in testimony before a joint Senate Homeland Security and Rules Committee.
The New York Times previously reported that the Speaker’s office confirmed that the National Guard was approved around 1:43 pm. Sund said he sent a request for help from the National Guard to Irving around 1:09 p.m, according to CNN. Irving said he was contacted about the matter after 2:00 pm, Axios reported. Sources questioned how Irving got the request after 2 pm but Pelosi approved the request at 1:43 pm.
“If you believe Irving’s timeline that he testified under oath to, how could he ask for permission from the Speaker 20 minutes before he got the request?” One source familiar told the Caller.
Another source told the Caller that there is “no doubt” that Irving is “covering for Pelosi.” Nancy Pelosi is pushing a 9/11-style investigation into the Capitol riots — will she herself submit to questioning about her role in preventing the National Guard from being called up in a timely manner?
If what these sources are saying is true, Pelosi has a lot of explaining to do.