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Newly released security footage from the January 6 incident at the U.S. Capitol Building in 2021 reveals a very different experience for then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi than the impression she previously gave of being in grave danger.
“Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has described having to evacuate a riotous Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as traumatic,” Just the News reported in a post containing the new footage.
“But Capitol Police security footage obtained by Just the News shows the long-time Democrat leader exited Hollywood-style from the home of Congress that fateful day with her daughter filming her as security officers tried to guide her through a secret safe passage corridor,” the report continued.
Not only that but Pelosi — who at the time was third in line to the presidency — was also surrounded by perhaps as many as 20 security personnel who were most likely armed.
Pelosi was apparently very involved in the security of the Capitol prior to the incident prior to the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
Text messages and emails reveal that the Speaker’s office had regular meetings about the security detail for January 6, 2021, the Daily Wire reported in December.
The report said that the Speaker’s office “helped edit authorities’ plans, and turned down several requests from federal law enforcement needed to protect the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
“Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Troy Nehls (R-TX), Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) independently published a 141-page investigative report on Wednesday outlining what they describe as House Democratic leadership and Capitol authorities’ failures that left the complex vulnerable,” it said.
The report showed how the Speaker’s office coordinated with law enforcement prior to the incident and how Democrats were concerned about the optics of increased police and National Guard presence.
Last month, majority Republicans in the House said that Pelosi, a California Democrat, needed to be called to provide more testimony about security failures that day.
“The reason there wasn’t a proper security presence on that day goes right to the speaker’s staff and the speaker’s office. As you go back and look at the communications, there’s this pattern that develops where the Sergeant of Arms is meeting with Pelosi’s staff,” House Judiciary Committee chair and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said.
“Many of those meetings, Republican staff wasn’t allowed to be there, but they had this pattern where everything had to run through her office, her staff, before the Sergeant of Arms could make a decision,” he added.
Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls issued a similar response: “And Nancy Pelosi. You do have questions you need to answer … Nancy, we’ll get you, and we’ll fly you back from Italy once you’re the ambassador,” Nehls said as he joked about prior reports speculating that President Biden was considering offering the U.S. Ambassador to Italy post to Pelosi.
Former President Donald Trump’s last secretary of defense has taken several “geriatric” congressional leaders to task in a new book, taking particular aim at Pelosi.
Christopher Miller, writing in “Soldier Secretary: Warnings from the Battlefield & the Pentagon about America’s Most Dangerous Enemies,” called out Pelosi over her behavior during the Jan. 6 riot, according to an excerpt of his new book.
Miller wrote in his memoir that many lawmakers were “hyperventilating into the phone” that day while demanding to know if military forces were on the way to protect them.
“Do I blame a bunch of geriatrics for acting like a bunch of geriatrics? Of course not. But do I judge them for it? You’re damned right I do. Most of all, I resent that we are ruled by a bunch of geriatrics that ruthlessly and selfishly maintain their hold on power and refuse to develop the next generation of leaders,” he added.
“As soon as it was her a** on the line, Pelosi had been miraculously born again as a passionate, if less than altruistic, champion of law and order,” he wrote.