In a stack of text and email messages, House Republicans found Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) office directly involved in the Capitol security plan that failed during the protests on Jan. 6 2021. Security officials said that they had been denied the resources needed to protect one of America’s most significant homes of democracy “over and over.”
In a report released Wednesday, the internal communications included evidence that had been ignored by the Democrat-led Jan. 6 committee. Legislators were authorized by House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to investigate.
As a result of Democratic leadership in the House and Capitol Police leaders’ failures, the Capitol was exposed on Jan. 6 because concerns about the “optics” of having armed officers and National Guardsmen visible to the public supposedly outweighed the need for enhanced security. The report also confirmed prior news that Capitol Police received specific warnings that some protesters planning to attend the election results certification could cause significant violence against the Capitol and lawmakers.
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The report’s most explosive revelation was the evidence of two key staffers in Pelosi’s office attending regular meetings to discuss Jan. 6 security plans. Pelosi’s top aide even edited some plans during these meetings, which dated back to early December 2020. Republican lawmakers in the House were excluded from most discussions and meetings.
Immediately following the devastating events of Jan. 6, Speaker Pelosi forced House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving to resign. However, a staff member in the House sergeant-at-arms office sent an email claiming that the Democratic leadership had blamed Irving and Capitol Police Chief Steve Sund for not providing adequate security resources.
As early as Dec. 2020, Terri McCullough and Jamie Fleet, both assigned to Pelosi’s staff, kept in touch with police and the sergeant-at-arms about security plans for Jan. 6. McCullough was even asked to edit a security plan letter to lawmakers a few days before the tragedy.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) said the GOP report helps counter a Democrat narrative that ignored security failures by police and political leadership, he said. “Our report exposes the partisanship, incompetence, and indifference that led to the disaster on January 6, and it is the leading role Speaker Pelosi and her office played in the security failure at the Capitol,” he said.