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Representative Banks Says Pelosi Was Most Responsible For January 6 Incident At Capitol

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This could be the reason that House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi did not want Rep. Jim Banks on her January 6 commission.

Banks appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and said that it was Pelosi who was responsible for the “breakdown of security” on January 6 at the Capitol.

“Nancy Pelosi is not interested in an investigation. She’s only interested in a narrative,” he said.

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“Once you go up to the top of the flagpole of who is in charge of the Capitol Police… Due to the rules of the United States Capitol, the power structure of the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has more control and authority and responsibility over the leadership of the Capitol Police than anyone else in the United States Capitol,” he said on Sunday.

“So, she doesn’t want us to ask these questions because at the end of the day, she is ultimately responsible for the breakdown of security at the capitol that happened on January 6,” the representative said.

Martha MacCallum was the guest host on Sunday and she mentioned the fact that Rep. Liz Cheney, one of the Republicans that Speaker Pelosi picked for the committee, had defended Pelosi’s decision to remove Reps. Banks and Jim Jordan.

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“Whether it’s Speaker Pelosi or Liz Cheney or anyone who sits on this committee, it’s clear that those are questions that we should be demanding answers to. Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want me on that committee, but she also doesn’t want us to ask those questions because it leads to a series of answers that don’t fit her narrative,” he said.

He also responded to Pelosi’s message on the ABC show “This Week” hours before where she said that she is considering appointing fellow anti-Trump Rep. Adam Kinzinger to the committee.

“It’s clear that Pelosi only wants members on this committee who will stick to her talking points and stick to her narrative,” he said.

She appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and told host George Stephanopoulos that she intends to appoint more Republicans, other than RINO Rep. Liz Cheney, to her commission and she mentioned one by name.

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“That would be my plan,” Pelosi said of adding more Republicans to the committee.

“When will that be announced?” Stephanopoulos inquired.

“Perhaps after I speak to Adam Kinzinger,” she said. “You could say that that’s the direction that I would be going on.”

It would be tough to find a more anti-Trump Republican than Cheney, but if you looked really hard you would find Kinzinger who, one could argue, despises Trump even more than Cheney does.

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Kinzinger decided earlier this year to do more than talk, saying his effort could evolve from supporting GOP primary candidates to establishing “chapters of people that want to be involved” in fighting for control of the party.

“It just has blown up — and in a great way,” Kinzinger said in an interview. “I think what I was on to without maybe fully realizing it, is there’s a lot of people that have left the Republican Party or are pondering leaving the party, but they’re obviously not Democrats, and they’re sitting around going: ‘I have nowhere to go.’ I’ve heard that from so many people.”

“So, I put that out there and said, ‘Let’s do a movement; let’s take this party back,’” he continued. “What that’s going to evolve into, daily, is going to be a decision we make. But I foresee, certainly, supporting good candidates that tell the truth.”

The news of his potential involvement in the committee comes after House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy pulled all of his appointees from the committee.

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