Remember how quickly the Democrat House Managers caved on calling witnesses after learning the Trump defense team would call Speaker Nancy Pelosi as their first witness?
GOP Reps. Rodney Davis (IL), Jim Jordan (OH), Devin Nunes (CA) and James Comer (KY), all ranking members on powerful House committees, wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday.
The congressmen believe the American people deserve some answers about security decisions at the Capitol on the days leading up to and including the Jan. 6 riot. There are many things that simply don’t add up. Attempts to obtain the relevant documents from Pelosi and her designees have been blocked at every turn and they’d like the Speaker to know they’re not giving up.
The letter opened with the following questions:
When [former Capitol Police] then-Chief [Steve] Sund made a request for national guard support on January 4th, why was that request denied?
Did Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving get permission or instruction from your staff on January 4th prior to denying Chief Sund’s request for the national guard?
What conversations and what guidance did you and your staff give the Sergeant at Arms leading up to January 6th specific to the security posture of the campus?
What conversations did you have during the attack on the Capitol and what response did you give security officials on January 6th when Chief Sund requested National Guard support that required your approval?
Why are your House Officers refusing to comply with preservation and production requests to turn over request materials relevant to the events of January 6th?
They criticized Pelosi’s decision to “unilaterally” fire SAA Irving and to demand then-Chief Sund’s resignation rather than “conduct a full bipartisan and bicameral review,” as members on both sides of the aisle had called for.
They questioned the Speaker’s denial of Chief Sund’s request to activate the National Guard ahead of Jan. 6. They note “the response from the SAA, acting on your behalf, was that the ‘optics’ of having the National Guard on-site were not good and the intelligence didn’t support the move.”
Additionally, during the attack, “Sund again notified the SAA of his request for approval to authorize the National Guard. It took over an hour for his request to be approved because the SAA had to run the request up the chain of command, which undoubtedly included you and your designees.”
They express their dismay over Pelosi’s hyperbolic concern for internal security which led to her decision to install metal detectors that members must pass through before entering the House chamber.
I think we would all like to hear the answers to these questions.
In the last few weeks, we’ve learned that the FBI did receive intelligence prior to Jan. 6. Surely, they would have alerted Pelosi and then-Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell.
According to former President Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Trump offered to deploy “as many as 10,000 National Guard troops.”
Meadows told Fox News Maria Bartiromo, that “in January and throughout the summer … the president was very vocal in making sure that we had plenty of National Guard, plenty of additional support because he supports our rule of law and supports our law enforcement and offered additional help.”
“Even in January, that was a given, as many as 10,000 National Guard troops were told to be on the ready by the Secretary of Defense. That was a direct order from President Trump and yet here is what we see, all kinds of blame going around but yet not a whole lot of accountability. That accountability needs to rest with where it ultimately should be and that’s on Capitol Hill.”
It should also be noted that Washington, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser also declined national guard protection for Jan. 6.
Please see Bowser’s letter of Jan. 5 in the tweet below:
So, what was up?