UPDATED 3:43 PM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021
House Republican leaders have called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 committee a “sham” that would only produce a “failed report.” In a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s opening hearings in Washington, Republicans insisted Pelosi cherry-picked members for the committee who would stick to her talking points and predetermined narrative for the events of January 6.
“We now have a committee that all of America wants to know the answers to,” explained House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). “…Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi will only pick on people unto the committee that will ask the questions she wants asked. That becomes a failed committee and a failed report, a sham that no one can believe..”
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
McCarthy went on to say if lawmakers wanted the true answers, they should not be afraid of the questions that would be asked. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) echoed those sentiments.
“Speaker Pelosi said that she doesn’t want those questions to asked so she kicked them off the committee,” he stated. “She took an unprecedented step of refusing to allow members to be appointed by the minority leader to a select committee. That never before happened in the history of Congress.”
Scalise reiterated Democrats were not aiming at the truth, but instead conspiring to cover up the facts with a narrative prewritten by Pelosi.
Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) said it was only after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) began to raise questions about Pelosi’s negligent and “potentially nefarious” response to Intelligence reports that she refused to seat them on the committee.
She went on to say, “it is a fact that the U.S. Capitol police raised concerns and rather than providing them with the support and resources they needed and they deserved, she prioritized her partisan political optics over their safety.”
The mainstream media serves as Lame Duck Nancy Pelosi’s loyal stenographers.
No questions allowed about Speaker Pelosi! All off limits.
Speaker of the House clearly bears responsibility for not securing the US Capitol on Jan 6th – But the drooling media is too petrified to ask.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) July 27, 2021
Banks called on the chairman of the committee to bring before the panel the head of the Capitol Police Union, who has repeatedly said both publicly and privately that officers weren’t prepared, despite the intelligence Pelosi was given in December.
“They were not prepared for what happened on January 6 in spite of intelligence reports that date back three weeks before that day,” he asserted. “They weren’t equipped on January 6 with the proper equipment that they needed to handle what happened that day and they weren’t trained for what was going to happen that day.”
Jordan, who like Banks was denied a chair on the committee, questioned why Pelosi ordered the sergeant of arms of the National Guard to remain off Capitol grounds on January 6.
“Pelosi’s office had previously impressed upon the Sergeant of Arms Paul Irving that the National Guard was to remain off Capitol grounds,” he discussed. “Irving told House administration discussions centered around the quote ‘optics.’”
Today we heard Officer Harry Dunn say that they were unprepared.
Leaving our officers on the frontline ill equipped was a dereliction of duty on @SpeakerPelosi’s watch.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) July 27, 2021
Jordan posed the question of why Democrats were so concerned about the optics. He posited it all revolved around the Democrats 2020 summer of violence and civil unrest.