(USA Features) Fox News host Tucker Carlson said during his opening monologue Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “knows why” the U.S. Capitol Building was breached on Jan. 6 but she isn’t saying.
After recounting that the House sergeant-at-arms’ rejected repeated requests from the head of the Capitol Police for National Guard troops in the days before the incident because everyone concerned knew a big crowd was coming to hear then-President Donald Trump speak, Carlson noted that the concerns were borne out with the breach of the Capitol Building.
“January 6 is one of the most discussed events in modern American history, and yet more than six months later, we still don’t know why that happened. No one has explained it,” Carlson said.
“Nancy Pelosi knows why it happened. She could tell us why it happened if she felt like it,” Carlson continued.
“The Sergeant-at-Arms reports directly to Nancy Pelosi. She is the Speaker of the House, and yet repeatedly, Pelosi has worked to stop any inquiry whatsoever into the state of security at the Capitol on January 6,” he added.
In recent weeks, Pelosi formed a committee to look into the origins of the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. All panel members were Democrats with the exception of Rep. Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., named five GOP members earlier this week but he pulled all of them off after Pelosi rejected two, Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, two members who objected to presidential electors for Joe Biden on Jan. 6.
McCarthy said her rejection of those two lawmakers shows that her committee is partisan since Jordan and Banks were sure to ask uncomfortable questions involving accusations since the breach including who shot unarmed pro-Trump protester Ashli Babbitt and whether any FBI informants were involved in fomenting the plot.
“In fact, the very next day, on January 7, Pelosi forced [then-Chief] Steven Sund to resign from the Capitol Police. End of discussion,” Carlson said.
“What exactly is going on here? Congress’s new January 6 Committee was supposed to tell us what is going on here. Figuring out what happened that day was the whole point of having the committee,” Carlson continued.
“We’ve heard that again and again,” he added.
“And yet, it turns out that Nancy Pelosi has no intention of revealing everything she knows about January 6th, so she has turned that committee into yet another instrument of cover-up,” he went on, noting that she rejected Jordan and Banks.
“Today, Pelosi banned two Republican Members of Congress from serving on the Committee. They are Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana,” he added.
“What did they do wrong? Those two specifically seem most likely to ask questions about January 6 that Pelosi did not want to discuss. They pushed for openness, so she booted them.”
He went on to play clips of Pelosi snapping at a reporter who asked her why she removed the two GOP lawmakers. “Read my statement,” she clapped back.
Carlson then played a clip of Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., who said anyone serving on the 1/6 Committee should have a duty and loyalty to country first and be a person of “fidelity.”
“So, if you want to know why officials who report directly to Nancy Pelosi repeatedly turned down security at the Capitol on January 6th even after protesters were inside the doors of the Capitol, if you want to know what the hell that’s about, you’re un- American,” Carlson responded.
“You’re a traitor. You hate the country,” he added.
“It turns out there is still an awful lot of things we don’t know about January 6th despite all the talking about it. For example, why is the Justice Department still tonight hiding thousands of hours of surveillance footage from the Capitol that day? What could possibly be on that tape that we’re not allowed to see?” asked Carlson.
“Who killed Ashli Babbitt? And what was the justification for killing her?” he noted further.
“Government agents get to shoot unarmed political protesters in the neck for trespassing and we’re not allowed to know who did it or why? Is that really the new standard?”
Later, Carlson accused Pelosi of establishing a committee that would produce findings supporting a pre-conceived narrative to hide the truth.
“January 6 is being used as a pretext to strip millions of disfavored Americans of their core constitutional rights. We are witnessing the most aggressive crackdown on civil liberties in our lifetime. That is not an exaggeration,” he said.
“Yet thanks to Nancy Pelosi, the January 6 Committee will now operate the way she would like America to operate, as a one-party state,” he said.