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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have something to hide, according to one of the representatives she prevented from being on her January 6 commission.
Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan believes that Speaker Pelosi denied him being on the commission because he pressed her about her role in the security breakdown on that day.
“The real question is, and I’ve said this many times, why weren’t those guys who testified today and all the other Capitol Hill police who protect us and protect Capitol Hill, why weren’t they given more help?” he said to Fox News host Bret Baier on Monday.
“Why wasn’t more help there that day? And the only person who can answer that question is the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,” he said. “And I think she thought we were going to keep raising that question, and that’s why she didn’t put me on [the committee].”
“My hunch is because what happened all last summer [when] we saw Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats say that we should defund the police. We saw Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats say that rioters and looters who attacked police, destroyed small business, and hurt innocent civilians- they actually raised money to bail them out of jail,” he said. “So when that’s the background, it’s kind of tough to say, ‘we’re for defunding the police. But, oh, by the way, we want more police here to protect us on January 6th.”
Pelosi does not directly oversee the Capitol Police. But, as Fox News noted, she “does appoint the House sergeant-at-arms, who is on the Capitol Police Board that oversees the department. The department is also overseen by committees from both houses of Congress.”
“We’re just asking a fundamental question,” he said. “why wasn’t there a proper security posture on January 6, and what have we done to correct that? And to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future. I think those are fundamental questions. It’s not about blame. The blame resides with the people who did wrong. They should be prosecuted and they are being.”
Jordan also believes that politics and an anti-Donald Trump agenda are playing a role in the committee as the only two Republicans on it, appointed by Speaker Pelosi, are noted anti-Trumper Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney.
“And, I would argue this: The main reason the Democrats want to keep talking about January sixth, because what the heck else are they going to talk about?” he argued.
“They going to talk about the twelve murders in Chicago last week?” he said. “Are they going to talk about the price of goods and services up for everything? Are they going to talk about the fact that our border – I mean, we had a record number of illegal crossings in March until April, and then we had a record number in April, until May. We had a record number in May, until June. That is a bad trend.”
“They can’t talk about any of that stuff. So they’re going to focus on doing what they always do, attack the former president,” he said.
For the record Speaker Pelosi noted “integrity” as her reason for keeping Reps. Jordan and Banks off of the committee.
Banks also demanded that Pelosi answer questions about her role on January 6, Fox News reported.
“I think this is a big reason why Speaker Pelosi removed and blocked me and [Rep.] Jim Jordan from serving on this committee because we wanted to ask questions about this,” he said on “America’s Newsroom,” on Tuesday.
“How is it that three weeks prior to January 6th, intelligence reports were provided to the leadership of the Capitol Police that suggested that extremist groups would storm the Capitol and something dangerous would happen on that day and yet the Capitol was completely unprepared for what would happen?” he said.