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House Republicans are questioning Pelosi’s security decisions that lead to the Capitol riot

House Republicans on Monday called on spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi to answer “many important questions” about her “responsibility for the security” of the US Capitol on January 6th when a pro-Trump mob stormed the building. Republicans on multiple committees sent Pelosi a letter asking why former Capitol Police Chief Steve Sund, among others, had rejected his request for National Guard assistance from former Sergeant Paul Irving on Jan. 4, according to Fox News. Irving reportedly said he was concerned about “the optics” and did not feel that the “intelligence supports it”. “As you know, the Speaker of the House is not only the chairman of the majority party but has enormous institutional responsibilities,” the letter read by the House Administration Committee Ranking Member Rodney Davis, the House ranking member Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan, House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer, and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes. “The spokeswoman is responsible for all operational decisions that are made within the house,” said the letter. Pelosi, her staff and an army of appointed House officials have maintained a “very persistent and tightly controlled approach to House operations” over the past two years. “When the then Chief Sund applied for support to the National Guard on January 4th, why was this application rejected?” The group wrote. “Did Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving get your personnel’s permission or direction on January 4th before he rejected Chief Sund’s request for the National Guard?” The letter adds that on the day of the riot in the Capitol, Sund notified the Sergeant at Arms of his request for National Guard assistance, saying that it “took over an hour to approve his request because the SAA had to carry out the request The chain of command. “That chain” undoubtedly included “Pelosi and their” designees, “say the Republicans. They beat up Pelosi for her” partisan “decision to” unilaterally “fire Irving and demanded Sund’s resignation Jan Jan said she called for Sund to resign because he “has not called us since,” Republicans say that Sund’s claim has been “disproved” for “making two statements that he briefed you on the situation.” the Capitol campus – the first at 5:36 p.m. and the second at 6:25 p.m., both on Jan. 6. Davis, Jordan, Comer, and Nunes also questioned the reliability of the independent security clearance conducted by General Russell Honoré, whom Pelosi himself appointed “without consulting the minority” last month. They expressed concern that House officials have denied requests to “obtain and hold information” on behalf of Pelosi. “Such information is necessary to properly monitor the January 6th events,” the letter said. Conservation and production inquiries have been sent to the SAA and the House Chief Administrative Officer, among others, to request the retention of such pertinent information about the Capitol attack, including correspondence, video, audio and other recordings submitted to the appropriate committees. “In several instances, your agents acting on your behalf have declined requests to provide this information,” add Republicans. “The response we received was, ‘We are sorry to inform you that given the amount of information requested and the concerns arising from the nature of the request, we are currently unable to respond.'” learned that “some of the same material we requested has been made available to the Partisan-based Judicial Committee of the House”. “That is unacceptable. Madam Speaker, this direction could only have come from you,” they wrote.

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