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The Democratic witch-hunt of Republicans in regard to the Jan 6 incidents at the Capitol are backfiring in their faces the Jan 6 committee has set precedent that could include themselves.
This month, the committee issued subpoenas for 5 House Republicans, including GOP leader Kevin McCarthy in an ‘unprecedented move’, NPR reported.
Many are predicting that the upcoming elections will put the shoe on the other foot if Republicans win back the House.
A GOP majority could see several Democrats stripped of their committee assignments and Pelosi’s role in directing the Capitol Police’s on Jan. 6 shoved under a long-awaited spotlight, American Wire News reported.
When asked if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her communications concerning security leading up to and during Jan 6 should be served with subpoena, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) replied,” I’m gonna tell you the truth. Yes, I do.”
“This is setting the precedent, and we’re just not gonna lie down and let this happen,” Carter said. “There are serious questions about her role on January 6 and exactly what she did and what she didn’t do. And we need to get to the bottom of that.”
Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) appeared to concur with Carter’s assessment.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a subpoena there,” he said Friday.
Never one to be concerned with the legal aspect of precedent, or testimonies from everyone in leadership, “I’m never afraid of precedent,” she told CNN on Friday. “We’re seeking the truth, and we’re not going to be cowards about it.”
It is posted on politifact.co that Capitol security is provided by the U.S. Capitol Police, who are over seen by the Sargent-at -arms of the House and the Sargent-of-arms of the Senate, both of whom are directed by their leaders. For the Senate that is Mitch McConell and for the House, that is Nancy Pelosi.
The Sergeant at Arms of the House, under the direction of the speaker, is responsible for security, along with the U.S. Capitol Police. After the storming of the building, the chief of the Capitol Police resigned under pressure, according to The New York Times, and the sergeants-at-arms of the Senate and House resigned from their posts.
McConnell has received a subpoena, but not Pelosi.
Politifact states that news reports indicate that in the days before the attack, House sargent-at arms Paul Irving resisted calls from Capitol Police to bring in the National Guard for extra security at the Capitol for conflicting reasons.
The Washington Post reported outgoing Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who said he asked House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger to allow the DC National Guard to be placed on standby before the planned rally on Jan. 6 but was turned down by both men.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., literally pointed to the speaker and asked where was she when it came to ensuring the protection of the legislative seat of the U.S. government?
Graham spoke on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures, naming Pelosi and suggesting he will begin an investigation into this — Graham is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I understand what happened on January the 6th was one of the low points in my time in office,” the senator said. “It was horrendous to see these people take over the Capitol, the House, and the Senate, beat officers, defile the seat of government, how in the hell could that happen? Where was Nancy Pelosi, it was her job to provide Capitol security? We will get to the bottom of that.”
The remarks did not sit well with Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill, who took to Twitter to blast Graham — while ignoring what responsibility his boss may have had in the breaching of the Capitol, Biz Pac Review reported.
“This disgraceful attempt to shift blame for the mob attack on the Capitol is absurd & pathetic. He need only look in the mirror if he wants to start pointing a finger. He has repeatedly cast doubts on results of a fair election & dangerously fanned flames of right wing quackery,” Hammill tweeted.
Liberal media and ‘face-checkers’ have tried repeatedly to blame Trump for any and all on Jan 6 while absolving those actually in charge of security.
CNN, rather than uncover the truth behind actual events, chooses to absolve Pelosi for unknown reasons with partial statements like this report from July 2021:CNN reported: “The Speaker of the House is not in charge of Capitol security. That’s the responsibility of the Capitol Police Board, which oversees the US Capitol Police and approves requests for National Guard assistance.”
According to Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) — whom Pelosi blocked from the Jan. 6 panel — ”Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the only person in the United States who has covered anything up related to January 6,” Banks said to American Wire News. “So that’s who they should subpoena. She should be at the top of the list.”