Capitol Hill protest panel only hearing one side of story

On Tuesday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s handpicked select committee opened its investigation on the Jan. 6 protest at The Capitol Building.

While the panel consists of two “Republicans” (Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill) this very partisan committee was slammed by other conservative lawmakers for its lack of getting to the bigger question of why the Capitol was so undermanned on that day despite warnings.

Outside the hearings, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio told reporters, “”Why don’t the Democrats want to get to the truth? Why don’t they want to answer the fundamental question, which is why wasn’t there a better security posture on that day?”

Jordan who along with Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana were both nixed from serving on the committee by Pelosi asked, “Let me just read from the news account from February of this year, ‘Pelosi’s office had previously impressed upon the Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving that the National Guard was to remain off Capitol grounds. Irving told House administration discussions centered around the ‘optics.”’

“Because what happened last summer,” Jordan explained. “It’s all driven by what happened last summer, where Democrats normalized anarchy, normalized political violence, raised bail money for the very rioters and looters who destroyed small businesses, attacked innocent civilians, and maybe most importantly, attacked police officers,” Jordan asked.

“When you spend a year talking about defunding the police and actually defund the police, it’s kind of hard to have more police here on January 6, like they should have done,” he added.

House Republicans are pointing the finger at Pelosi, who as House Speaker is directly in charge of securing the Capitol Hill complex. Pelosi reportedly denied requests to beef up security on that day, according to sworn testimony of House Sergeant-at-Arms Irving.

“That’s why this thing turned in to such a political charade. The police officers who will testify today and frankly, all Capitol Hill police officers deserved to have more help that day. But the Democrats couldn’t do it because of the political position they had taken all throughout last year,” Jordan continued. “That’s the fundamental question that won’t be answered. That’s why Republicans aren’t serving on this committee.”

Let’s be clear, if the special committee wants to know all of former President Donald Trump’s communications on that day, then they should want to know all of Pelosi’s decisions on security on that day as well.

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