House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being called out for allegedly blocking an investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.
House Administration Committee ranking member Rodney Davis wrote in a letter to Pelosi requesting House offices under her control stop obstructing the Republicans probe.
“The events of January 6, 2021, exposed serious security vulnerabilities at the Capitol Complex,” Davis, a Republican from Illinois said in the letter.
“Unfortunately, over the past twelve months, House Democrats have been more interested in exploiting the events of January 6th for political purposes than in conducting basic oversight of the security vulnerabilities exposed that day,” he added.
“As Speaker of the House, you are the most senior elected official in the House of Representatives, and therefore ultimately responsible for all House operations, not just those of your party,” Davis wrote.
Davis ended his letter by accusing Democrats of only displaying a “superficial interest in examining the security vulnerabilities highlighted by January 6” and obstructing “Republican access to House records,” yet have held “witnesses in criminal contempt of Congress for raising genuine questions of legal privilege.”
“This double standard only adds to the evidence that Democrats are weaponizing events of January 6th against their political adversaries,” Davis wrote.
“If you are truly interested in working with Republicans to improve the Capitol security posture, I demand that you direct all House officers immediately to stop obstructing our oversight,” he added.
“Davis said GOP lawmakers began investigating the security vulnerabilities of the Capitol immediately after last year’s riot, requesting records from the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, the House sergeant-at-arms, and the House chief administrative officer,” Fox News .
“GOP lawmakers are most interested in the communications the House sergeant-at-arms and the House chief administrative officer had with Pelosi in the days leading up to and during the riot, hoping those emails, phone calls, and text messages could shed light on the directions Pelosi gave that could have impacted security at the Capitol,” Fox News added.
“But Davis said only the USCP has so far cooperated with the request, pointing out that the House sergeant-at-arms and House chief administrative officer are the two House officers who report directly to Pelosi and have yet to produce records related to the Jan. 6 riot,” the report added.
Last month, anti-Trump Jan. 6 panel co-chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) appeared to threaten former President Donald Trump with legal action if he is perceived to be lying to the committee.
Trump “has recently suggested that he wants to debate members of this committee. This committee’s investigation into the violent assault on our Capitol on January 6 is not a game,” Cheney said during a committee hearing this week, according to a video clip posted online.
“When this committee convenes hearings, witnesses will be called to testify under oath. Any communications Mr. Trump has with this committee will be under oath,” she added.
“And if he persists in lying then, he will be accountable under the laws of this great nation and subject to criminal penalties for every false word he speaks,” Cheney said.
“President Trump continues to make the same false claims about a stolen election, with which he has misled millions of Americans,” she added.