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House Jan. 6 committee chairwoman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., continues to keep House Speaker Nancy Pelosi out of the panel’s purview, a senior House Republican told “Life, Liberty & Levin” in the face of claims that it dismissed precautionary National Guard troops before the riot.
House Republican Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik, RN.Y. — who took over the role after Jan. 6 Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney was removed — called the panel “un-American.”
Stefanik pointed to Thompson’s 2021 comment that “no one is immune” to the investigation, including former President Donald Trump, but also cited other comments from the 13-term Democrat who, according to her, suggest that he excludes Pelosi.
“Again, you only have one office that is barred from investigation, and that office is Nancy Pelosi’s office. The committee’s Democratic leader, Bennie Thompson, said at the start of this witch hunt that everything is fair game except for the speaker from the House office,” she said.
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“[W]We know that the president’s office was made aware of potential threats, potential violence that day. They didn’t do their job to make sure the Capitol Police had the support they needed to secure the Capitol.”
Republicans cited comments by Thompson indicating in part that the resolution governing the committee speaks of “facts and circumstances around January 6,” she said.
“I don’t see the speaker being an integral part of this,” she continued.
Trump previously discussed this topic with Fox News, saying he “definitely gave the number 10,000 National Guardsmen” and that “they took that number and…gave it to the people in the Capitol, which is controlled. by Pelosi”.
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Trump claimed the request was turned down because “they didn’t think it would look good.” Additionally, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund told The Washington Post shortly after that riot congressional security officials rejected his suggestion of a DC National Guard presence.
Stefanik said Pelosi’s office has yet to communicate with the House Sergeant-at-Arms, who reports to the president.
“The American people deserve to have this information…And as you pointed out, it’s fundamentally un-American and a waste of taxpayers’ money,” she added of the panel. of Thompson.
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Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., who was denied a seat on Thompson’s committee by Pelosi, also accused the president of being “involved in the decision to delay National Guard assistance.”
Pelosi’s office has pushed back against collective allegations that she crippled all security measures, with Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill saying in a 2021 statement that her boss was “the target of an assassination attempt. ” by rioters and was “no more in charge of security than [then-Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell.”
Hammill accused the critics of “a clear attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6 and deflect blame”.
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