On Wednesday, House Republicans called upon Speaker Nancy Pelosi to testify after they compiled an extensive report of severe security failures that contributed to the events of January 6th, 2021.
The 141-page report was released soon after the Jan 6th Committee made their final move, recommending former President Donald Trump to be indicted on charges related to the Capitol insurrection.
House members investigated structural issues with the groups in place such as the Capitol police and also provided text messages and email to corroborate a mishandling of the entire situation.
House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, one of three voting members of the Capitol Police Board, announced he, “succumbed to political pressures from the Office of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat leadership,” was “compromised by politics and did not adequately prepare for violence at the Capitol.”
Chief Sund begged repeatedly for troops but explained he was overruled because of “optics.” During the violence on Jan. 6, Sund repeated his request, but help was delayed until after the riot ended because Irving needed to discuss these security and optics decisions with Pelosi.
“The Speaker’s office was heavily involved in planning and decision-making before and during the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and micromanaged the Sergeant at Arms,” the report continued.
Pelosi has stated that this was not her job and that she had no power over the security decisions of the Capitol police but the report debates that assertion.
“This is false,” says the report. “Documents provided by [current] House Sergeant at Arms show how then-House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving carried out his duties in clear deference to the Speaker, her staff, and other Democratic staff . . .“House Rules dictate . . . that the Sergeant at Arms is to report directly to the Speaker of the House.”
One of the most shocking revelations of the report was not related to Pelosi but to the failed system, as Capitol Police Leaders were not informed of the situation until far beyond when the threat of violence appeared.
The Capitol Police Intelligence Division “failed to warn USCP leadership and line officers about the threat of violence,” despite having “obtained sufficient information from an array of channels to anticipate and prepare for the violence.”
The report was issued by Jim Banks (R-IN), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), and Troy Nehls (R-TX).
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