Rep. Elise Stefanik recently stated that Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker (D-CA), shared the blame for the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol. House GOP Conference Chair Stefanik released a statement to commemorate the anniversary of the Capitol breach. He thanked law enforcement for their efforts to curb the riotous behavior, but condemned Pelosi for being ultimately “responsible for making the Capitol vulnerable to attack.”
New York Republican said it was unacceptable that despite Pelosi’s nine-member investigatory committee, which included seven Democrats and two of Congress’ most outspoken Never Trump Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger (R–IL), continuing with its investigation into the riot, the American people still don’t have any answers about why the Capitol was left so vulnerable a year later.
Stefanik stated that instead of focusing on security at the Capitol and adopting all recommendations from the U.S. Capitol Police Nancy Pelosi, House Democrats are using their illegitimate political sham of a committee to destroy Constitutional precedents and punish their political enemies. He was referring to the subpoena-shredding committee targeting ex-President Donald Trump and his close allies.
On Monday, Stefanik and three other representatives, Reps. Jim Jordan and Jim Banks (R–IN), held a conference call in which they emphasized that the January 6 committee of Pelosi is actually a “cover-up” for Pelosi’s transgressions.
They pointed to a Monday letter Davis, the House Administration Committee’s ranking member, had sent to Pelosi in which he accused Pelosi of blocking records related to Capitol security preparedness from the Sergeant at Arms, Chief Administrative Officer, and House General Counsel. All of whom, Davis stated, report to Pelosi.
On Wednesday, Stefanik reiterated that the January 6-committee has basically deemed Pelosi exempted from responsibility for the riot. This is despite Pelosi’s history of overseeing security-related activities at the Capitol such as installing magnetometers and holding a briefing about security preparedness before a September 18 rally.
Representative Bennie Thompson (D–MS), the January 6 committee chair, went so far that she stated it in a CNN interview last Jul. “Well, you can see the charges that we have in our resolution. It states the facts and circumstances surrounding January 6. Thompson stated that he didn’t believe the speaker was part of this.
In her Wednesday statement, Stefanik stated that “The American people should know that the ONLY office that’s off-limits to this investigation”
Jordan’s office confirmed that Jordan would also be visiting his Ohio district to meet with local police officers and business owners affected by Joe Biden’s failing economy and rising crime wave.
According to a letter Pelosi sent to her Democrat colleagues, she has arranged several events in D.C. to mark the anniversary.