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‘Compromised by Politics’: Report Blames Pelosi for Security Failures on January 6

‘Compromised by Politics’: Report Blames Pelosi for Security Failures on January 6

Pelosi blamed everyone but herself. What a disgrace.

A report from House Republicans placed the blame on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for the security failures on January 6.

The Republicans provide plenty of evidence showing Pelosi’s office’s tight grip on House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and the dysfunction within the Capitol Police (USCP).

From the 140-page report:

Prior to that day, the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) had obtained sufficient information from an array of channels to anticipate and prepare for the violence that occurred. However, officers on the front lines and analysts in USCP’s intelligence division were undermined by the misplaced priorities of their leadership. Those problems were exacerbated by the House Sergeant at Arms, who was distracted from giving full attention to the threat environment prior to January 6, 2021 by several other upcoming events.

Specifically, the leader of the USCP Intelligence and Interagency Coordination Division failed to warn USCP leadership and line officers about the threat of violence, despite the fact that IICD analysts gathered intelligence that clearly indicated a need for a hardened security posture. In fact, IICD’s leader—Julie Farnam—spent the weeks leading up to January 6, 2021 attempting to overhaul the division, including by reassigning expert intelligence analysts to new roles and creating new processes for synthesizing threat data. Information about planned protests and threats of violence were siloed and not properly analyzed and disseminated during this key period because of Farnam’s misplaced priorities. One IICD analyst testified to investigators: “That unit was disbanded by her almost on day one. We, at the time of January 6, we were not doing proactive searches of social media like we had been before. We were strictly reactive and responding to requests for information.” This is also substantiated by USCP’s own internal after-action report that was drafted in June of 2021.

Similarly, then-House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving—who served on the Capitol Police Board by virtue of his position—succumbed to political pressures from the Office of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat leadership leading up to January 6, 2021. He coordinated closely with the Speaker and her staff and left Republicans out of important discussions related to security. As a critical member of the Capitol Police Board, the House Sergeant at Arms had an obligation to all Members, staff, and USCP officers to keep them safe by consulting stakeholders without partisan preference.

The Sergeant at Arms (SAA) reports directly to the Speaker even when the House is in session.

The SAA is supposed “to ‘maintain order under the direction of the Speaker and other presiding officers’ and ‘execute the commands of the House, and all processes issued by authority thereof, directed to the Sergeant at Arms by the Speaker.'”

Therefore, the Speaker directs the SAA. The Speaker and SAA, along with others, “routinely have meetings.” This happens even when the Republicans have control of the House, so it’s nothing new.

But the Republicans noted this situation is novel because we have a “Speaker who denies the relationship and ignores her office’s obligation to secure the Capitol, perhaps in an effort to shift blame.”

Then the Republicans outlined how Pelosi’s office “micromanaged the Sergeant at Arms” before and during the Capitol Hill riots.

It included communications with Terri McCullough, Pelosi’s chief of staff. They left Republicans out of meetings that covered security issues despite Irving requesting their presence.

To cover up that fact, Irving told a senior Democratic staffer to act surprised to any of the changes made for January 6 when he sends the plans to the staffer’s Republican counterpart.

“As demonstrated, the HSAA had a pattern and practice of seeking and obtaining permission from the Speaker for all security decisions,” wrote the Republicans. “This delayed the request for help from the National Guard.”

USCP Chief Steven Sund requested additional National Guard assistance before January 6, but no one approved because of “optics.” Optics are more important:

Later in the report, General James McConville is quoted at length, saying “the general feeling of all those involved [with approving the D.C. RFA] was that the military would have no role, and many people talked about the optics of having military at the Capitol.”

Concerns about the optics of military personnel close to the Capitol were shared by Democratic staff in the House of Representatives. On January 5, 2021, a Democratic staffer on the Legislative Branch Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee emailed Irving about the placement of National Guard troops. The Democratic staffer said, “I only ask to be ahead of any members who might question a photo or live tv shot that shows National Guard with the Capitol dome in the backdrop.”

The March 2022 GAO report states that USCP officers expressed various concerns related to the use of force at the Capitol, including “a concern with optics by leadership” and “several respondents stated that the concern with optics was related to leadership’s perception of the desires of Members of Congress.”

The July 30, 2021 USCP OIG report also notes that “Several officers stated that they were deployed without all of their equipment because of ‘optics.’” Another officer explained that “at one point in the morning of January 6, they witnessed a USCP Captain ask another officer why they were wearing their helmet and carrying their PR24 baton, ordered the officer to take them off, and said it was ‘not the image we want to portray.’” Similarly, another officer told investigators, “there was a debate in [Civil Disturbance Unit] on January 6 about hard gear and ‘the officials stated there is going to be media so we don’t want you in hard gear.’”

They knew of the security risks and threats. They knew.


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Suburban Farm Guy | December 22, 2022 at 8:08 am

Congratulations to Antifa, whose false-flag operation was a total success!

Nothing will come of it, it’s all President Trumps fault… as always

Off topic but I’m going to pay my back, Tucker called out Abbot on his uselessness on the border…

“Tucker challenged and called out Abbot on the Tx border..correctly done. Put Abbot on defensive, as he should. Tx/Abbot could do more and hasn’t, , playing politics, talking tough and BLAMING dems/biden (who are guilty) BUT IF DC won’t close/defend the border, TEXAS CAN!!!!!!!!!@

    mailman in reply to gonzotx. | December 22, 2022 at 10:54 am

    This has perplexed me why Texas itself will not do anything about managing THEIR border?!?

      gonzotx in reply to mailman. | December 22, 2022 at 11:20 am

      He’s a Rino dressed as a conservative. For awhile there’s he use to copy DeSantis, always secoind, but now he just blabs , puts a few illegals on busses, but first you have to ask the little criminals if they want to go.
      Gues no bussed to Southside Chicago.

      All on our dime of course

      Can’t make this up

This describes the Democrat Party.

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. For the traitor appears not a traitor – He speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation – he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city – he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared.”

— Cicero

They didn’t want the optics of the NG prior to Jan 6.
Instead, they begged for the optics of the NG for months after it, and threw in the optics of 1980s Lorton Prison concertina fencing around out public buildings as a cherry on top.

I was hoping, (when I heard repubs were writing a report), that the report would focus on how to keep this from happening again. But apparently the rules of the game require blaming someone from the other side of the coin.

    fscarn in reply to mrtomsr. | December 22, 2022 at 10:38 am

    “on how to keep this from happening again”

    Keep Democrats from positions of power.

      mrtomsr in reply to fscarn. | December 22, 2022 at 11:51 am

      That is a great idea. However, it is kinda difficult here in Massachusetts when most of the Commonwealth votes against the Ds, but when Boston votes, it overrides everything else. The result being Massachusetts is blue, and all of the other powerhouse D cities do the same in many other States.

      So I am clearly on your side to keep them and progressive repubs from power, but having only one vote in the center of a State that has a D majority in one metro area that always carries this State leaves me wondering how to carry out the simplistic “ keep them out of power”

Despite the parlous state of our nation and governance, the GOPe isn’t going to do anything. They are rolling over on the spending bill (they don’t have to); Yertle the Turtle is more interested in suppressing actual conservatives; They will likely keep Rona McMuffin in as RNC chair…the corruption is just too ingrained at this point.

    Unfortunately the reason they rolled over was the increase in military spending.

    If we don’t work to dump military funding and military adventures from the list of Republican principles the Democrats will continue using it to gain concessions.

      n.n in reply to Danny. | December 22, 2022 at 2:37 pm

      Concessions to redistributive change through progressive prices (i.e. shared responsibility) in Medicare/Medicaid/Obamacares and Bidencares, too.

Pelosi blamed everyone but herself. What a

…typical hyper-entitled Swamp critter.

Im looking forward to 9 Republicans next year doing the same work the 9 Democrats did this year and actually holding Democrats to account for their shamelessness these last few years!

Lets see how Democrats like it when their shit is used against them!

Actually NOT off topic , related in that we are being run over by illegal aliens amd Antifa and neither get any repercussions for breaking the law, are supported not only
By the Democrats but the entire globalist empire including our courts, media, military, intelligence agencies and I guess a whole lot of stupid people that still vote for this crap…and WE get to foot the bill

The whole world is insane. I can’t get over the Netherlands confiscating 60% of their citizens farms. I do t know what kind of guns these farmers have but they better be locked and loaded and I pray their citizens and military support the farmers and run the politician’s out of the country

We better get ready too

It’s coming

    Danny in reply to gonzotx. | December 22, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    Owning all of the institutions allows Democrats to avoid accountability a lot.

    Those same institutions that keep Democrats from accountability what exactly do you think they do when Republicans do something bad like say the same kind of incendiary rhetoric the left used over the summer having the result of a riot?

It’s already here

Even if it received widespread publicity and was covered fairly this changes nothing whatsoever.

What the American people saw was a president who spent months egging on and enraging his supporters hold a rally where he focused on increasing their rage and saw some of the rally attendees get so angry as a result they rioted.

They don’t think it was an insurrection, they don’t think Donald Trump stepped over the legal line of incitement but they do think he was responsible, they think his rally got people who were already at fever pitch over the edge.

The fact that FBI provocateurs were in the crowd complicates it only slightly, ultimately the Jan 6th committee didn’t convince the American people there was a coup but it reminded them that they saw what they did and Trump does come across disgracefully as a result.

No amount of botched security preparations that could have kept grandma from being allowed into the capitol building or stopped cops from opening the doors and inviting grandpa in will change the fact that Americans saw what they did.

The people who rioted did so because they got too angry to control themselves. The American people also saw that the only possible reason for that rally was to get people angry. The election was over; the chance Mike Pence was going to burn the constitution was absolute zero.

    alien in reply to Danny. | December 23, 2022 at 11:21 am

    “they think his rally got people who were already at fever pitch over the edge.”

    The rally where the President is on video exhorting the crowds to protest peacefully?

    That rally?

    “The American people also saw that the only possible reason for that rally was to get people angry.”

    You speak of “the American people” as if it’s one unified bloc with the same opinions and viewpoints that you yourself hold. Perhaps that’s the way it is inside your bubble, but out here in the real world, many people were justifiably angry at the election shenanigans, and the process to certify the vote should have been delayed right then and there to check out the numerous irregularities that were easily seen.

    Any argument that doesn’t take that into account is lacking logic.

    (But I’m not surprised that you think so, Danny boy.)

      Danny in reply to alien. | December 23, 2022 at 3:07 pm

      Just in case you missed part of what you think you just debunked

      “They don’t think it was an insurrection, they don’t think Donald Trump stepped over the legal line of incitement but they do think he was responsible, they think his rally got people who were already at fever pitch over the edge.”

      The public doesn’t think Trump crossed the line into legal incitement but they believe more must be expected from a president and they are correct.

      The Jan 6th riot was Trump doing something he knew would be enraging his supporters, that enraged his supporters, and resulted in them becoming angry enough that they rioted.

      The public saw that and did not like it.

      Democrats used that to avoid losing a single senate seat in 2022.

      The Constitution ABSOLUTELY SHOULD NOT have been disregarded because Trump said the election was stolen then failed to take the claim to court. It just shouldn’t have, and it was not thrown out when Democrats made exactly the same claims in 2017. Mike Pence had ZERO discretion about reading electoral votes.

      Mastriano made PA look like CA. It is time to return to the real world. What you would have to prove to change perception of Jan 6th isn’t to prove there wasn’t a insurrection or prove Trump broke no laws you would have to prove there wasn’t a riot caused by on the spot anger following hearing the speakers.

      The problem is the public saw exactly that happen.

      This report doesn’t change a single persons opinion, it doesn’t even address what Americans saw with their own eyes.

A rug extended, summarily pulled, unarmed women aborted, then a riot forced by the Capitol and DC police.