Ahead of the House committee’s final report on Jan. 6, five Republicans originally nominated to serve on the selection committee on Wednesday released a rebuttal report on security failures at the Capitol. “Democrat-led investigations have so far been ignored,” he said. .”
Rep. Jim Banks (Rep.), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Kelly Armstrong (RN.D.), and Troy Nels. Rep. (Republican Texas) largely blamed bureaucratic mismanagement and “political pressure.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) appealed to House Sergeants who were unprepared by the United States Capitol Police (USCP) for the Jan. 6, 2021 riot violence.
“When House Speaker Pelosi makes the unprecedented decision to refuse to sit Jim Banks and Jim Jordan on the Jan. 6 selection committee, we know the mass security measures she will lead to that day. statement.
“He said he would find out why the Capitol was left ill-prepared that day and what needs to be done to prevent the security system from being left ill-prepared,” he said. They added. “Unsurprisingly, the Task Force seems to be devoting little time to this issue. To answer these questions, we have released the following report, which will help us make the 118th Congress safer and more secure.” Lay the groundwork for security innovation as you prepare to usher in a smarter campus. Beyond.”
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The Republican report blames “leadership and law enforcement failures” for making the Capitol vulnerable. It said changes to USCP intelligence protocols leading up to January 6 “caused chaos and disabled key USCP components” during mob violence.
Republicans accused former House Sergeant Paul Irving of “compromising on politics” and, despite working closely with Pelosi and his staff, excluded Republican lawmakers from discussions on security. In the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter riots, Democratic leaders reportedly worried about the “optics” of deploying the National Guard in response to the riots. guard.
“To make matters worse, organizational problems have crippled the security apparatus for years. , were also poorly equipped,” the report said. “One officer testified to investigators that he entered a fight on January 6, 2021, wearing only a USCP-issued baseball cap. The numbers would still have been inadequate.USCP is set to fail and shows little sign of progress in addressing these weaknesses.”
Republicans said the evidence gathered in their report came from witnesses and USCP sources whose identities were protected for fear of reprisal. We interviewed Chief Tom Munger, House Sergeant Arms William Walker, and Julie Farnham, Assistant Director of Intelligence and Interagency Coordination. The investigation also relied on official documents and news reports to supplement its findings.
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The Republican report complements the bipartisan report released last year by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and the Committee on Rules and Control. The report identified several security, planning, and response failures that led to the riots, including the failure of FBI and Homeland Security intelligence officials to warn of potential violence and the USPC’s unpreparedness. has been identified.
“Espionage failures, combined with the Capitol Police Commission’s failure to request National Guard assistance prior to January 6, resulted in the inactivity and staging of the District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG). The Senate report was found.
Pelosi has repeatedly denied Republican allegations that she or her office interfered with the deployment of the National Guard, and has ignored threats of violence leading to riots.
The Democratic-led Jan. 6 selection committee is due to release its final report on the Capitol riots on Thursday. Seven Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans on the committee, Liz Cheney, GOP, Wyoming, and Adam Kinzinger, GOP, Illinois, said the “riots” were started by supporters of former President Trump. has been claiming for months that “is final.”
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The commission released a 154-page executive summary of their findings on Monday and referred criminal charges against Trump to the Justice Department.
“What Donald Trump has done after the 2020 election has never been done by any president in our country,” said D-Miss Chairman Benny Thompson. “In a stunning betrayal of his oath, Donald Trump has attempted a plan that will lead to an attack on the pillars of our democracy.”
The committee argued at its final meeting that Trump’s actions around January 6 were “illegal.” Lawmakers say they have ample evidence that Trump has obstructed official congressional proceedings, conspired to defraud the federal government, made false statements, and instigated, supported, or aided riots. .
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During its 18-month term, the Commission accessed tens of thousands of documents and conducted nearly 1,000 interviews related to the Capitol protests.
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Fox News’ Haris Alic and Kelly Phares contributed to this report.