Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, House Administration Committee ranking member, is calling out the Speaker of the House for reportedly using her power to obstruct a Republican investigation into the vulnerability of the Capitol.
Democrats have been interested in investigating the goings-on of January 6, 2021 as it pertains to former-President Donald Trump’s involvement, but according to Davis, they have been overlooking the severe security implications made clear on that day.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D – California, on Monday, he ripped House Democrats for their role in obstructing GOP lawmakers’ attempts to get to the bottom of what happened and figure out how to bolster security moving forward.
“The events of January 6, 2021 exposed serious security vulnerabilities at the Capitol Complex. 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,” Davis explained.
Republicans are attempting to get their hands on communications between the Speaker and the House sergeant-at-arms and the House chief administrative officer in the days before the riot, believing that those correspondences may shed some light on what went wrong that day.
However the Capitol Police are the only ones who are bothering to comply with the investigation, says Davis. The House sergeant-at-arms and chief administrative officer are not producing any of the requested information. They are also the only two officials who report directly to Pelosi. Numerous attempts to contact the officials have either been denied or ignored, and Davis isn’t pleased.
“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,” he accused.
Concluding his letter, Davis had some pointed words for the Democratic party, who he claims has a “superficial interest in examining the security vulnerabilities highlighted by January 6.” He alleges hypocrisy by a party that has held “witnesses in criminal contempt of Congress for raising genuine questions of legal privilege” while at the same time obstructing “Republican access to House records” in the same investigation.
“This double standard only adds to the evidence that Democrats are weaponizing events of January 6th against their political adversaries. 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.”
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, accused Pelosi of doing everything she can to exclude Republicans from the January 6 investigation process, saying that everyone deserves a bipartisan look into the effects of that day, and any lessons that can be learned as a result. Banks was excluded from the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack by Pelosi, who also rejected Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
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