House Republicans launched their own version of a committee on January 6 that will “reinvestigate” the events of 2021 at the U.S. Capitol. The chairman of the committee, Georgia Republican Representative Barry Loudermilk, stated that they will “investigate both sides” and “show what really occurred on January 6.”
The committee led by Democrats issued subpoenas to several Republicans last year. Now, Republicans are contemplating whether to increase pressure on Nancy Pelosi, the woman responsible for selecting the panel.
Prior to this, Republicans sent Pelosi a letter inquiring why she did not do more to secure the Capitol on January 6, 2021, such as requesting National Guard deployments and a larger Capitol Police presence.
“I’m gonna tell you the truth: Yes, I do,” said Georgia GOP Rep. Buddy Carter when asked if he believes Republicans should issue a subpoena to Pelosi.
“This is setting the precedent, and we’re just not gonna lie down and let this happen. There are serious questions about her role on January 6 and exactly what she did and what she didn’t do. And we need to get to the bottom of that,” he added.
Several other Republicans have previously stated that there is widespread support for subpoenaing Pelosi.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a subpoena there,” said Florida Republican Rep. Brian Mast.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan, who demanded an investigation into Pelosi’s role, lost his temper earlier this year when discussing the committee’s approval of a criminal contempt report to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.
“There have been subpoenas issued to 11 individuals, 11 American citizens who asked the government permission on an application to hold the Trump rally,” Jordan said.
“The government granted it and now the January 6 committee petitions them to ask them questions about exercising their First Amendment right to assemble,” he added.
“And why would they subpoena me? I didn’t do anything wrong — I talked to the president,” Jordan said. “I talk to the president all the time. I just think that’s — you know where I’m at on this commission — this is all about going after President Trump. That seems obvious.”
Additionally, Loudermilk stated that the committee would contemplate requesting an interview with Pelosi, including any decisions made regarding Capitol security prior to January 6.
“If necessary, we would like for her to come and speak with us about it,” Loudermilk said, adding that the panel may interrogate former members of the House Committee on January 6, as reported by Roll Call.
Republicans also asserted that despite having a budget comparable to that of many large-city police departments, the U.S. Capitol Police has neglected to make necessary changes since January 6.
“One of the reasons it’s important that we look back is so we can identify where the failures were and move forward. Our concern is there has been a lack of looking back by the previous leadership of Capitol Police,” said Loudermilk.
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