GOP Ranking Members Send Letter To Nancy Pelosi

( House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been laying a lot of blame on Republicans for the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.

But this week, a group of Republicans in the House of Representatives sent a letter to Pelosi expressing their displeasure with her. In the letter, Representatives James Comer (Kentucky), Devin Nunes (California), Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Rodney Davis (Illinois) said that Pelosi failed to protect the Capitol and the members of her chamber who were in it on January 6.

The four GOP members of the House asked Pelosi to explain her thinking behind a few questions That included why she denied National Guard support on January 4; what conversations she or her staff had with Paul Irving, the Sergeant at arms, that were specific to the January 6 events; what response, if any, she gave to security officials when support from the National Guard was initially requested; and why officers in the House have thus far refused to turn over any documents that are relevant to the events of January 6.

The members said they believe the delay of up to an hour in approving help from the National Guard was because Irving “had to run the request up the chain of command,” which would’ve included Pelosi herself.

The GOP members said they believed Pelosi refused protection from the National Guard because it would result in bad “optics” for her and Democrats.

Before January 6, Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C., also refused protection from the National Guard.

In their letter, dated February 15, the Representatives wrote:

“Five weeks have passed since the January 6th attack on the Capitol building, and many important questions about your responsibility for the security of the Capitol remain unanswered. As you are aware, the Speaker of the House is not only the leader of the majority party, but also has enormous institutional responsibilities. The Speaker is responsible for all operational decisions made within the House. We have observed for two years this very heavy-handed and tightly controlled approach to House operations that has been exerted by yourself, your staff, and an army of appointed House officials.

“In the wake of the attack, there were many calls from members, on both sides of the aisle, to conduct a full bipartisan and bicameral review. Republicans have introduced a bill to establish a structure for this review, identify failures and ensure the Capitol is never violently breached again. Instead of working together, you decided unilaterally to fire then-Sergeant at Arms (SAA) Paul Irving, demand the resignation of then-Chief of the Capitol Police (Chief) Steve Sund, and appointed retired General Russel Honore to lead a security review. These decisions were made in a partisan manner without any consultation of House Republicans and therefore raise questions about the political motivations of your decisions.”

So much of the attention following the attacks on the Capitol building have revolved around supporters of former-President Donald Trump and actions by Republicans. Now, the GOP is flipping the script and putting the attention squarely on the backs of one of the Democratic leaders in Congress.