Key Republicans: Pelosi needs to testify about Jan. 6 security failures after bombshell revelations

'As for Nancy Pelosi, you do have questions that that you need to answer,' Rep. Troy Nehls said.

Published: December 21, 2022 5:54pm

Updated: December 21, 2022 8:49pm

Two Republicans who will play key roles in the U.S. House next year demanded Wednesday night that outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi be required to testify before the chamber after a new report revealed her staff was directly involved in the Capitol security planning that failed during the Jan. 6 riot.

Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Troy Nehls, R-Texas, were among five GOP lawmakers who released a detailed report earlier in the day highlighting security and intelligence failures by the political and police leadership inside the Capitol.

They told the Just the News, No Noise television show that the email and text messages showing Pelosi's staff directly involved in the Jan. 6 security planning directly undercut the claims the Speaker made that she had no power or role over the security.

"The reason there wasn't a proper security presence on that day goes right to the Speaker's staff and the Speaker's office," said Jordan, who will become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in January.

Added Nehls, who wrote a book this summer alleging Democrats were hiding significant evidence about what really happened in the days leading up to the Capitol attack: "January 6 should have never happened."

Nehls said he interviewed a former DC National Guard Commander who told him that had the National Guard been summoned to the Capitol when police asked for help on Jan. 4 ahead the extremists who attacked the building that day would have been subdued.

"He said if his men would have been here, January 4, then January 6 would have never ever happened," Nehls stated. "As for Nancy Pelosi, you do have questions that that you need to answer."

The GOP report was assembled by Jordan, Nehls, Rep. Rodney Davis, Rep. Jim Banks, and Rep. Kelly Armstrong, providing new email and text messages showing top aides in Speaker Pelosi's office were in regular contact with the House the sergeant of arms about Jan. 6. and security decisions, in one instance even editing the plans. 

A House security official would later email a supervisor that law enforcement had been "denied again and again" the resources they needed to protect the Capitol. 

"As you go back and look at the communications, there's this pattern that develops where the sergeant of arms was meeting with Pelosi's staff," Jordan said Wednesday. "For many of those meetings, Republican staff wasn't allowed to be there. But they had this pattern where everything had to be run through her office and her staff before the sergeant of arms can make a decision."

Pelosi's office did not immediately respond to a request from Just the News for comment 


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