(USA Features) House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York lambasted Nancy Pelosi during a Tuesday morning press conference in Washington ahead of the first meeting of the Speaker’s 1/6 Committee, as several other top GOP members piled on as well.
Claiming that Pelosi, California Democrat, “is the most disliked elected official in America,” Stefanik went on to suggest that her days in the Speaker’s chair are numbered ahead of the 2022 midterms.
“She always puts her own partisan politics over what’s best for the American people,” Stefanik added. “She is an authoritarian who has broken the people’s House. She is a lame-duck Speaker and everyone knows it.
“The reason why Pelosi is refusing to seat accomplished and well-respected, hard-working Republicans like Jim Jordan and Jim Banks is because she doesn’t want the American people to know the truth or learn the facts” about what happened the day of the Capitol protest, she added.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promised to get to the bottom of the incident, answering questions about why it occurred and what conditions may have been created or neglected by Pelosi that made the Capitol breach possible.
“December 14, the leadership knew there was a problem,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said.
He added that lawmakers were aware of organizational problems within the Capitol Police he said Democrats were not interested in addressing.
“There’s questions into the leadership within the structure of the Speaker’s office where they denied the ability to bring the National Guard here” ahead of Congress certifying electoral votes for then-President-elect Joe Biden.
The criticisms come after Pelosi last week rejected McCarthy’s nomination of Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana to be members of the committee, a move by the Speaker that was unprecedented.
“For weeks now, Jim Jordan and Jim Banks have been raising some very tough questions — questions that need to be answered about why Speaker Pelosi didn’t make sure that Capitol Police had all the tools they needed to be prepared for that day,” said House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
“Now, maybe because they were raising those questions, they got canceled by this new cancel culture that we see moving throughout the country, led by Speaker Pelosi and a lot of her socialist allies here in Congress, where they shut out tough questions that they don’t want to be asked or answered,” he noted.
Other Republicans chimed in as well.
“When you spend a year talking about defunding the police and actually defund the police, it’s kinda hard to have more police here [at the Capitol] on Jan. 6 like they should have done,” Jordan said, adding that Capitol Police “deserved to have more help” on Jan. 6, “but the Democrats couldn’t do it because of the political conditions they created all throughout last year.”
Banks noted that at Tuesday’s inaugural 1/6 Committee meeting a number of Capitol Police officers will testify about their dire situations during the Jan. 6 protest but added that they may not have been in that position were it not for Pelosi’s neglect.
“It’s clear at this point that Nancy Pelosi has cherry-picked the members to serve on this committee. She’s pre-written a narrative. Only members who will stick to her talking points are allowed to serve on this committee,” said Banks.
“If this is truly a fact-finding mission to make sure that Jan. 6 never happens again, this isn’t what that looks like,” he noted further.
McCarthy attempted to re-appoint the five GOP members including Banks and Jordan to the committee Monday evening but he was rebuffed by Pelosi and Democratic leaders.
“For the first known time in the history of the House, the speaker of the House rejected two of the minority leader’s nominees to a select committee,” said a resolution McCarthy introduced. “Speaker Pelosi’s own press office acknowledged that this was an ‘unprecedented decision.’”
“Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to seat all five Republican members directly harms the legitimacy, credibility, and integrity of the select committee,” the resolution noted further.