Republican leaders are turning some of the blame for the events of Jan. 6 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she begins hearings with her select House committee.
“We had many failures within the leadership” on and in the lead-up to Jan. 6, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. House Administration Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren “did not come to the Capitol for more than six months,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner.
New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik added, ““In December of 2020, Nancy Pelosi was made aware of potential security threats to the Capitol, and she failed to act.”
Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls also said, “Sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving has been uncooperative with the committee. He won’t share phone records. He won’t turn over emails. What is he hiding?” said Nehls, one of the Republicans who was recommended to join the committee. “What is Speaker Pelosi hiding?”
During a Republican press conference on Monday, McCarthy spoken about Pelosi’s “sham committee,” tweeting several important questions concerning the day’s events.
What you won’t hear from Pelosi’s sham committee:
Why was the Capitol left so vulnerable that day?
Why wasn’t the National Guard here?
Why didn’t we have a better security posture?
What changes are needed to make sure it never happens again? https://t.co/OSGF6PQx3s
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 27, 2021
Critics argue Republicans should take responsibility for the actions of Jan. 6 and not seek to blame others. Democrats, as well as the two anti-Trump Republicans on the committee, seek to bring forth many to offer testimony, perhaps including former President Donald Trump.
The attacks will continue, but Republicans offer many interesting challenges that may harm Pelosi’s progress as she continues her investigation of Jan. 6.