Turning the tables: House Republicans demand Pelosi answer for security failures at Capitol on Jan. 6

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WASHINGTON, DC- If you’re a regular viewer of CNN or MSNBC, you’re probably well aware that they are “celebrating” the one-year anniversary of The Great “Insurrection” of 2021!, on January 6.

The two networks have been breathlessly noting the anniversary, with programming and specials planned to commemorate the Capitol siege from last year.

Now, Republican leaders are demanding Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answer questions about her role in the security lapse that led to that “insurrection” last year, Breitbart reports.

In fact, Republicans are alleging that not only did Pelosi fail to ensure the Capitol was secured for what was known to be a forthcoming protest over election integrity, but in fact that her so-called “select committee” is in fact a cover-up for her ineptitude.

Four House Republicans, led by GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) held a Monday press conference in which they spoke to the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, which Pelosi is having “investigated” by her hand-picked committee, a committee of which House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had no input as to Republican representation on.

“This partisan sham committee is not focused on answering the most important questions of why the Capitol was left unprepared that day, and how we can ensure this never happens again,” Stefanik started.

‘Most importantly, the American people deserve to know what the mainstream media refuses to cover: The fact that the only office that is off-limits to this partisan sham investigation is Speaker Pelosi’s office,” Stefanik said, according to Breitbart.

“This is a political weapon, and it’s used to cover up for Nancy Pelosi’s failures.”

It has been widely reported, and we at Law Enforcement Today have written on it that former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund asked for, and was refused additional assistance at the Capitol for January 6, where the Senate was convening to certify the results of the 2020 election.

In addition, former President Donald Trump offered some 10,000 National Guard troops to help secure the Capitol, however Pelosi turned it down.

In addition to Stefanik, House Administration Committee Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) was also on the call, and detailed a letter written to Pelosi Monday in which he demanded that security officials who report to Pelosi—the House Sergeant-at-Arms and the House Chief Administrative Officer—comply with Republican requests for information on how the Capitol was secured on January 6, 2021.

The letter accused Pelosi of attempting to “obstruct Republican access to House records relating to the security preparedness of the Capitol complex on January 6, 2021.”

Davis also addressed letters sent last year to those same security officials and Pelosi that went unanswered however a third entity he reached out to, the U.S. Capitol Police immediately responded to his initial letter.

In his letter, Davis noted that, as mentioned above, Sund, as well as former Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving had “conflicting” accounts as to what occurred in the lead up and during the January 6 siege, specifically whether Irving (likely at Pelosi’s direction) had rejected the former police chief’s request for the National Guard’s presence on January 6.

Irving was worried about the “optics” of having the military present, and who in the “chain of command” was in fact directing Irving ad the Capitol breach progressed.

Meanwhile, Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who was also on the call, told reporters that the conflicting accounts between the Capitol Police and the Sergeant-at-Arms is a “fundamental issue,” specifically because the police agency was fully compliant with Davis’s requests while the House Sergeant-at-Arms, who reports to Pelosi, has been stonewalling.

Jordan also mentioned a comment January 6 committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) made to CNN last July, in which he dismissed any notion that Pelosi was involved in and malfeasance or responsibility for the security shortcomings on January 6.

“Well, if you look at the charge that we have in the resolution, it says the facts and circumstances around January 6. I don’t see the speaker being part and parcel to that,” Thompson said at the time, completely dismissing the notion that Pelosi bore any responsibility for the Capitol riot.

Jordan, who was initially appointed to the committee by McCarthy, was joined on the call by Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who was likewise appointed to the committee, both rejected by Pelosi.

In response, McCarthy pulled all his Republicans off the committee, who were then replaced by Pelosi with two anti-Trump RINOs, Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).

Banks said that House Republicans continue to pursue their own informal investigation into January 6 and have conducted a number of interviews with Capitol police officers and others with a “role related to security” at the Capitol.

“We keep hearing a repeated theme,” Banks said, while noting that “policy and personnel changes that occurred in November [2020],” intelligence gathering and dissemination process, and USCP officers being ill-equipped to manage a riot are consistent topics addressed in their interviews, Breitbart wrote.

“We hope in the months to come to release our findings in a more formal manner, and with that make policy recommendations,” Banks said.

A number of reporters joined in on the call, including from Fox News, the Daily Caller, and the Washington Examiner. Former House speaker and current Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich, who noted that Republicans should direct interviewees to “preserve everything” in anticipation of Republicans possibly gaining a House majority in the midterms.

He told Republicans that “one of the benchmarks” they could set up would be one to “formally instruct all the various officers and people that you want them to preserve everything,” a precursor to a “genuinely nonpartisan effort to review all of this once you’re in charge since this [January 6 committee] is so clearly an absurd and totally partisan approach.”

Left-wing media outlet Politico whined that only “cherry picked reporters” were invited to participate on the call, with the outlet’s political reporter complaining that “I wasn’t allowed on the call nor were others,” said Olivia Beavers on Twitter.

Breitbart said they reached out to Pelosi’s office for comment on the Republicans’ claims, with her office directing them to Administration Committee chair Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s (D-CA) statement issued Monday in response to Davis’s letter, which she said was “pure revisionist fiction.”

“The Chief Administrative Officer and House Sergeant at Arms have already notified Ranking Member Davis they are complying with preservation requests and will fully cooperate with various law enforcement investigations and bonafide Congressional inquiries,” Lofgren said.

“Today’s letter is yet another attempt by the minority party to distract and deflect,” Lofgren alleged, while adding that Democrats will “continue to examine” the January 6 siege, and “identify lessons learned, and recommend laws, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations necessary to protect our republic in the future.”

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WASHINGTON, DC- If you’ve had the opportunity to read our lengthy synopsis of a Revolver News piece on the January 6 US Capitol siege, the following will probably make little sense.

While there are a number of questions remaining about the incident, what doesn’t seem to be a case in fact is that the incident was any type of collusion between the House GOP and anyone else, despite what RINO Liz Cheney and the rest of the reprobates insinuate.

Now, one person accused of collusion with the Republicans, Stop the Steal organizer Ali Alexander, is fighting back, according to The Gateway Pundit. He has filed a lawsuit against the January 6 House Select Committee and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, seeking to bar them from obtaining his private telephone records.

Alexander initially cooperated with the committee, however now he believes they have gone over the top in demanding over 90 days of “phone and subscriber records” from his carrier, Verizon.

“The Committee has secretly subpoenaed the phone and subscriber records for over 100 individuals,” Alexander told The Gateway Pundit in an exclusive interview.

“I’m glad we caught them in the act. I’m excited to Stop the Steal of civil liberties. My records don’t hide anything, but the federal government doesn’t have the right to pilfer through my stuff.”

Alexander noted that he filed the suit in order to protect civil liberties not only of himself, but others with whom he interacted over the course of three months, claiming “This lawsuit is to protect every American citizen.”

“They don’t just want my phone records; they want everyone’s phone records—even Jim Hoft’s phone records because I was communicating with him and made sure he had a VIP ticket to see President Trump. I have to sue to protect patriots,” Alexander continued. “That’s why I’m suing their donkey asses off!”

Gateway Pundit said that when a portion of what he told the Select Committee was made public inside the complaint, they became “full of glee.” Alexander had insisted that portion of a private deposition be made public.

Contained within the 25-page complaint, on pages 18 through 19:

At Alexander’s December 9, 2021, deposition, he testified that he had a few phone conversations with Representative Paul Gosar and no verbal phone conversations with Representatives Andy Biggs or Mo Brooks that he recalls. The Select Committee asked him about all three Members of Congress.

Mr. Alexander said he had phone conversations with Rp. Brooks’ staff about a “Dear Colleague” letter and how his activists could be helpful. Mr. Alexander believes he exchanged a text message with Rep. Brooks, contents which he provided to the Committee.

He also testified that he spoke to Rep. Biggs in person and never by phone, to the best of his recollection.

In January, Mr. Alexander held an organizing call where Members of Congress might have been present, and some were invited. He doesn’t recall who was in attendance because there was no roll call of attendees because the call was so large.

Rolling Stone gushed about the excerpt of the complaint, acting as if it revealed who really assassinated President Kennedy, writing, “Spilled to Jan. 6 Committee About Contact With Republican Lawmakers,” which of course gave the impression that Alexander had criminally implicated Republican House members.

Meanwhile, far-left birdcage liner Salon trumpeted, “’Stop the Steal’ founder Ali Alexander points finger at GOP Congressmen in Jan. 6 testimony.” If only they were as interested in Joe and Hunter Biden’s financial ties to communist China.

However despite the left-wing propaganda, Alexander’s testimony in fact exonerated Biggs, Brooks, and Gosar, debunking their involvement with the Stop the Steal effort or anything to do with the world’s worst “insurrection.”

This is no different than the breathless leftists who last week thought they “had the goods” on President Trump when neo-con Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) implied former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Donald Trump Jr., and Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Brian Kilmeade in a series of texts were begging then-President Trump to “call off” the insurrection, which is poppycock, and was a figment of Liz Cheney’s rather active imagination.

Alexander, however said despite all of this being debunked, the fake news media keeps putting out fake news.

“The Select Committee basically lifted conspiracy theories from Twitter and was shocked whin I debunked it all. It was rather silly, and a waste of everyone’s time,” he said. “No GOP Member of Congress is guilty of a damn thing from January 6th. It’s a silly political attack.”

Alexander continued, noting that Gosar “is a hero and friend of mine.” He referred to Biggs and Brooks as “great conservatives, who legally fought the botched Electoral College.”

“I never, ever, ever asserted that these three Congressmen coordinated on the details of our rallies or secretly hoped for an attack,’ he said. “The Marxist Revisionist Left ran with that narrative because they were eager to pin me against these great conservative Congressmen.”

Aside from Alexander, a number of others are also suing Pelosi’s committee, including Meadows, conservative attorney John Eastman, four other Trump campaign operatives and an independent photojournalist, Indiana-based Amy Harris. She argues the committee is violating her First Amendment rights to reporter’s privilege.

The others believe the committee is committing investigative overreach in asking for phone records and private correspondence from their respective telephone carriers.

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WASHINGTON, DC- Since January 6, Democrats and their state-run mainstream media bootlickers have tried to portray the January 6 US Capitol siege as an “insurrection,” as the “biggest threat to American democracy since the Civil War,” according to Joe Biden, other Democrats and their media collaborators.

That narrative was pushed by carefully released videos from the Department of Justice which only seemed to show violent confrontations between law enforcement and some protesters, and happily shared by the mainstream media.

Newly released videos totally debunk that narrative.

In fact, here’s a video showing the “violent insurrectionists” on their way to “storm” the Capitol:

 

 

With thousands of hours of video surveillance available, many questioned why the government wasn’t releasing all of the footage.

After all, didn’t the American people deserve to see how close we were to losing our country by a few thousand mostly senior citizens with American flags?

One would think that the government would be anxious to prove their case. So it was rather confusing why there seemed to be an attempt by the government to hide those videos. Now, we know why.

The Western Journal reported on Friday that one case involving one of the “violent insurrectionists” was particularly confusing to the presiding judge in the case, who ordered the release of a video showing him inside the Capitol.

The video showed what amounted to a field trip through the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell ordered the video’s release after a number of media organizations, including BuzzFeed asked for the video’s release which prosecutors used in order to determine the culpability of defendants, in this case a man named Eric Torrens.

On August 19, Torrens pled guilty to a single count of illegally parading, demonstrating or picketing inside the Capitol as part of a plea bargain. Wow, that sounds pretty insurrection-like.

“He admitted entering the building through a broken door and walking around. The government noted in court papers that Capitol surveillance cameras recorded his entry into the building as well as his movements inside,” Zoe Tillman of BuzzFeed reported earlier this week.

“Prosecutors cited four other videos they obtained related to Torrens, including one that showed him saying, ‘We goin’ in!”

Sounds pretty violent, right? Sure, there were some idiots in the crowd who engaged in violent behavior, including assaulting police officers which is unacceptable, and those people should be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

For people such as Torrens however, their entry into the Capitol, although poorly thought out, certainly didn’t rise to the level of an “insurrection.”

It was the government’s case involving Torrens that led to Howell issuing the release of the videos showing him inside the Capitol. Put it this way, the video was a snoozer.

“Before Torrens’ plea hearing, Howell asked to see videos that the government relied on in describing Torrens’ conduct. She also asked the parties to weigh in on whether those videos should be released to the public,” according to BuzzFeed.

“At the plea hearing, Howell noted that there was a presumption in favor of access to judicial proceedings and that the public had an interest in materials that were submitted in court, that judges relied on in making decisions, and that shed light on how prosecutors exercised discretion in criminal cases.”

The prosecution (DOJ) attempted to claim that the videos showed information, such as “secret” entrances and exits to the Capitol that were unknown to the general public and their release would “compromise the security of the United States Capitol and those who work there.”

“This footage, when combined with other footage from nearby cameras, could be used to track individual rioters moving through the building thereby creating a visual pathway which other bad actors could use in planning their breach point and pathway for future attacks,” they argued.

Howell last week decided the government’s “argument” is as absurd as it sounds and ordered the release of the videos, noting that they didn’t show “sensitive” parts of the Capitol and would be easily seen by the public on a public tour.

“Hundreds of cases have arisen from the events of January 6, with new cases being brought and pending cases being resolved by plea agreement every week,” Howell wrote.

“The public has an interest in understanding the conduct underlying the charges in these cases, as well as the government’s prosecutorial decision-making both in bringing criminal charges and resolving these charges by entering into plea agreements with defendants,” she said.

While the selected previously released videos only showed the violent protesters who were involved in the Capitol siege, the videos released and obtained by outlets such as BuzzFeed showed people calmly walking around the Capitol, as if they were on a public tour of the building, hardly a “violent” uprising.

As of this writing, some 650 people have been charged for entering the Capitol on Jan. 6, yet as the newly released videos show, certainly not all of them and likely few of them were engaged in violence.

The fact that the government is kicking and screaming about releasing ALL of the videos of the incident is telling. As the videos in Torrens’ case show, there was a lot more to the incident than has been carefully scripted by Biden’s Justice Department and the mainstream media.

As The Western Journal notes, “the fact that government officials wanted these videos suppressed because they represented some kind of ‘security’ threat—when they clearly didn’t—indicates how desperate they are to curate the narrative that they were far more of the former when what we see instead is a lot of the latter.”

Writing in American Greatness last May, Julie Kelly cites an affidavit filed by Thomas DiBiase, general counsel of the Capitol Police Department which notes the building is monitored 24/7 by “an extensive system of cameras,” positioned both inside and outside the building. 

She noted that the system captured over 14,000 hours of footage between noon and 8:00 p.m. on January 6, 2021. She noted the archive has been made available to two Democrat-controlled congressional committees, the FBI and the DC Metro Police Department. 

The affidavit sought to suppress the public release of any footage, claiming the release could “provoke further violence.” 

“The Department has significant concerns with the release of any of its footage do defendants in the Capitol attack cases unless there are safeguards in place to prevent its copying and dissemination,” DiBiase wrote on March 17. 

“Our concern is that providing unfettered access to extremely sensitive information to defendants who already have shown a desire to interfere with the democratic process will…[be] passed on to those who might wish to attack the Capitol again.” 

We challenge the government to release ALL of the video surveillance from January 6. Transparency, right?

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WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jim Banks is not taking his removal from the January 6 select committee by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quietly, saying the rejection shows Democrats are conducting a “political witch hunt.”

Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday that he rejected two Republicans, Rep. Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), from serving on the committee because they were too partisan based on previous comments. In a statement, Pelosi said:

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee.

“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”

Jordan, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Banks, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, have remained two of Trump’s top defenders in Congress.

The Speaker’s rejection of the two prominent Republicans from the committee set to investigate the events leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol has drawn criticism from conservatives, who claim the move shows Democrats have no interest in finding the truth.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who put the names forward, called Pelosi’s actions an “egregious abuse of power.”

McCarthy decided to pull all five Republicans from the panel, promising voters the Republicans would conduct their own investigation.

In an interview with Breitbart News on Wednesday, Banks said Republicans would press on to find the “breakdown” that occurred within the Capitol Police leadership that allowed the insurrectionists to access and overwhelm the Capitol:

“Why was there a systemic breakdown of leadership at the highest levels of the Capitol Police?” Banks asked. “The more you go down that path and start asking those questions, and the higher you go on the food chain, the closer to Nancy Pelosi you get.”

In a statement released by Banks following his appointment to the committee, he said that he accepted the appointment to “force the Democrats and the media to answer questions so far ignored.”

He went on:

“If Democrats were serious about investigating political violence, this committee would be studying not only the January 6 riot at the Capitol but also the hundreds of violent political riots last summer when many more innocent Americans and law-enforcement officers were attacked.

And of course, the committee would not overlook the Good Friday murder of USCP Officer Billy Evans that was perpetrated by a far-left extremist.

“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda.

“Even then, I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration. I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans because of their political beliefs.”

Banks told Breitbart News that the select committee is nothing more than a “witch hunt” to go after Donald Trump:

“They were never interested in asking the questions that mattered about January 6. They wanted this to be a political witch hunt from the very beginning to go after Donald Trump, to go after Republicans in Congress, and to go after 75 million people who voted for Donald Trump.”

Banks called into question the motives behind Speaker Pelosi’s actions, saying that as Speaker of the House, she is responsible for security at the U.S. Capitol and ultimately the failure to prevent the attack. He said when he started asking those questions, she got scared:

“It’s obvious that the moment Jim Jordan and I and Kevin McCarthy started asking questions about that, that spooked Nancy Pelosi.”

Gus Papathanasiou, head of the Capitol Police union, met with Rep. Banks early Wednesday and the representative said the meeting revealed there were serious questions about training, equipment, and preparation:

“There are serious concerns that they raise about the lack of preparation, the lack of training, the lack of equipment, and the Democrats do not want the head of the Capitol Police union to testify on Tuesday.”

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Nancy Pelosi, 81, says “I’m a street fighter”, claims she would’ve fought off Capitol rioters

April 16, 2021

 

 

The following article contains editorial content written by a current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today

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WASHINGTON, DC – When doing an interview with USA Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that if the Capitol rioters had encountered her personally on January 6th, those rioters would be in store for “a battle,” while referring to herself as a “street fighter”.

In an interview published by USA Today on April 13th, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speculated on what she would’ve done had she come face-to-face with the Capitol rioters on January 6th:

“Well, I’m pretty tough. I’m a street fighter…They would have had a battle on their hands.”

Pelosi jokingly went on from there, lifting up her foot to showcase her stiletto heels and proclaiming she could’ve used them for a weapon had things gone awry:

“I would have had these.”

For the record, Nancy Pelosi is 81-years-old.

To be clear, what happened on January 6th is not something to condone. Nor is it at all appropriate to wish harm to befall elected officials, even if an elected official passes or touts policies that someone doesn’t agree with.

With that being acknowledged, it is pretty funny that an 81-year-old woman casually flaunted the idea that she was going to square up and engage in fisticuffs with anybody.

While she was realistically cracking a joke, I don’t think anybody actually believes that Nancy Pelosi could get down and start boxing people.

Hell, it was a struggle for her to stand up after engaging in that performative kneeling back in June of 2020.

Chances are the only fights Pelosi has ever been in, in recent years, are probably verbal arguments with store clerks for not carrying her preferred brand of vodka.

Let’s face it, Nancy Pelosi’s political career started at a time where VHS and Betamax were still competing as to which would be the then-preferred home entertainment format – her most intense brawls today consist of her deciding between Brach’s cinnamon candies and Werther’s hard candies.   

For heaven’s sake, she probably has a Life Alert button somewhere on her person. Considering her age, there is a possibility that she has Buffalo Nickels in the cracks of her couch.

Pelosi is 81-years-old, she doesn’t need to be Speaker of the House – she needs to be somewhere in Florida at a retirement home watching daytime television game shows.

The area codes system used for telephone calls was implemented seven years after Pelosi was born.

Likely the only reason that more Republicans and Conservatives don’t dunk on Pelosi more often for her practically carbon-dated presence within the House is the fact that President Joe Biden is like an adult version of Ralph Wiggum from the Simpsons.  

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