Skip to comments.What Did Nancy Pelosi Know and When Did She Know It?
Posted on 12/27/2022 5:40:51 AM PST by MtnClimber
The January 6 select committee never intended to act as a truth-seeking mission but rather perform a cover-up for what actually happened.
The January 6 select committee finally released its long-delayed report late on December 23 after most Americans had happily turned away from politics to enjoy the Christmas weekend with family and friends. The Friday night news dump, a common tactic when government officials want to bury something controversial, was not exactly a vote of confidence in the panel’s ultimate work product.
As expected, the bulk of the 845-page document spun a well-worn tale that portrayed Donald Trump as the sole villain in a so-called “insurrection” the committee wants us to believe was engineered to keep him in the White House. Page after page included dramatic interpretations of snippets from witness testimony intended to bolster the committee’s preconceived conclusions.
Analysis of how law enforcement and intelligence services failed to prepare for the “attack,” a promise made by the committee in its original sell job to the public, is buried in a relatively brief appendix at the end. And despite confirmation the government was aware violence might occur—the FBI used a threat tag, “CERTUNREST2021,” purportedly to categorize in advance information related to January 6—federal and local agencies did not prevent what the Biden regime branded a terror attack comparable to 9/11. (FBI Director Christopher Wray’s name is not mentioned once in the report and it appears unlikely he sat for a transcribed interview.)
Even so, in the face of extensive evidence that those agencies were on high alert, committee members still faulted Trump: “Few in law enforcement predicted that the President of the United States would incite a mob attack on the Capitol, that he would send them to stop the joint session knowing they were armed and dangerous, that he would further incite them against his own vice President while the attack was underway, or that he would do nothing to stop the assault for hours,” the report dishonestly stated.
Another official who escaped accountability in the report is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the lawmaker mainly responsible for protecting Capitol grounds. Committee members avoided any criticism of Pelosi, instead allowing her to write the foreword. (It’s also unclear whether committee investigators interviewed the speaker.)
For two years, Pelosi has played the role of victimized bystander in the events of January 6 rather than being recognized as the incompetent steward of public safety she is—or worse, someone who was complicit in manufacturing the entire spectacle. After all, her filmmaker daughter just happened to be on site as the historic event, one usually considered a pro forma ceremony, went down.
But a competing report also released last week by a handful of Republican House members did not let Pelosi off the hook; to the contrary, “Security Failures at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021” presented new disclosures about how Pelosi’s staff spent weeks ostensibly preparing for the electoral certification vote that afternoon. “[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,” the report authored by Representatives Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), James Banks (R-Ind.) and others revealed. “He coordinated closely with the Speaker and her staff and left Republicans out of important discussions related to security. Irving only provided information to Republicans after receiving instruction from the Speaker’s office. In one case, Irving even asked a senior Democratic staffer to ‘act surprised’ when he sent key information about plans for the Joint Session on January 6, 2021 to him and his Republican counterpart. The senior Democratic staffer replied: ‘I’m startled.’” (Jordan and Banks were appointed to the January 6 select committee before being bounced by Pelosi.)
According to records obtained by House Republicans, Irving maintained constant communication with two of Pelosi’s top aides—Terry McCullough, her chief of staff, and Jamie Flood, a shared staffer for Pelosi and the House Administration committee—about January 6 in early December 2020.
On December 11, 2020, McCullough emailed Irving’s team to request a meeting to discuss “choreography and safety for the opening day and electoral college events.” That meeting took place four days later; no Republicans were present.
Irving and his office met three more times with Democratic staffers before January 6 and once on the morning of January 6 without Republican lawmakers in attendance. Now, perhaps there’s an innocent explanation as to why Irving intentionally prevented Republicans from being involved in those discussions—except for more alarming disclosures in the report.
On Monday, January 4, 2021, Irving met with Pelosi in her office. While the specific nature of the meeting isn’t addressed in the report, Pelosi and her aides were furiously working on new COVID protocols to strictly limit the number of lawmakers and staff on the House floor on January 6; a letter to Congress explaining the new rules was sent out the afternoon of January 5.
But that’s not all that happened on January 5. The day began with a “walkthrough” for the joint session attended by Irving, Stenger, Capitol Police, McCullough, and Democratic staffers at 8:30 a.m.. Irving scheduled another walkthrough for his staff at 1:15 p.m.. Shortly thereafter, Stenger, who reported to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) conducted a separate walkthrough, apparently without inviting Republican lawmakers or staffers.
And in one of the oddest events of the day, despite repeated assurances the threat for violence was “remote,” Irving led a walkthrough of Congress’ evacuation plan with unnamed participants at 2:30 p.m.; almost 24 hours later to the minute, the joint session recessed and lawmakers were evacuated from the Capitol creating one of the most dramatic images of January 6.
This also happened at the same time Irving and Stenger repeatedly brushed off requests by Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund for extra protection in the form of National Guardsmen, a process both sergeants-at-arms continued to hamstring throughout January 6. (Sund later testified that Irving expressed concerns about the “optics” of guardsmen surrounding the Capitol.) The guard did not arrive until after 5 p.m., shortly after the disturbance ended.
The exchanges detailed in the House GOP report contradict the narrative that congressional security officials were unprepared for the events of January 6. So, too, does the appendix buried in the January 6 select committee document. Not only was the FBI allegedly collecting scary posts before the Capitol protest, Pelosi’s underlings engaged in deep discussions and planning efforts weeks beforehand without the involvement of Republicans. What exactly those conversations entailed, the public still does not know.
Regardless, as of January 7, 2021, Irving, Stenger, and Sund were out of a job, forced to resign at the demands of irate lawmakers. Were they the fall guys in a carefully “choreographed” operation to permanently oust Trump from office and subsequently criminalize his movement? Did they willfully participate or were they duped? Why didn’t the January 6 committee cover this as extensively as House Republicans?
The answer is obvious. The January 6 select committee never intended to act as a truth-seeking mission but rather perform a cover-up for what actually happened, which is becoming more obvious every day. House Republicans produced a more serious report that requires rigorous follow-up next year.
When you orchestrate a crisis, you know the solution you want before you stage the crisis event.
What difference at this point does it make?
I’m telling you, it doesn’t matter if she had EVERYTHING written out in a notebook in her pocket. NOT A DAMN THING WILL HAPPEN TO HER! Politicians of BOTH parties are pure garbage.
We get all these “bombshell” and “This is the end” stories and not one damn politician has gone to prison yet. It’s not going to happen.
She refused help beforehand.
Which says she wanted trouble
Supoena and release on the internet
1) all 24 hours of recorded video from the roughly 350 security cameras in the Capitol building that day.
2) all of Pelosi’s text messages and all of her staff’s text messages in the year before and the year after January 6th, 2021.
3) same as #2 for Adam Schiff, and each and every member of the J6 committee and their staffs and spouses.
Just getting started here - but it is my fear that Kevin McCarthy does not have either the instinct or the courage to turn the techniques, methods and process of the J6 committee back on themselves and Rep. Pelosi that makes me want to see another Speaker.
Nanc cannot say she did not know ahead of time that Jan 6 was going to happen because she recruited Ray Epps and his staff of instigators. She also was aware several days ahead when Trump asked her twice if she wanted Fed troops ahead of time.
She opened up the CONGRESSIONAL restaurant right after!
The quicker she disappears the better
Pelosi dropped the ball, on purpose. Anywhere other than government she would be held accountable and undoubtedly fired immediately.
Correct. My son and I were planning to attend. We didn’t because there was much discussion via Proud Boys that the day was a trap for MAGA.
I always thought that Pelosi/Browser and others REFUSING additional security should have been a red flag warning enough to cause Trump to cancel. He had a few days to do so.
He walked right into it. Sad.
the real reason for the rally on Jan 6th
“..Politicians of BOTH parties are pure garbage....”
Last week’s atrocity made it pretty obvious: there is hardly any difference between most of em. We have one big old nasty bird (UniParty) with two wings. After that horror show, I went ahead and changed my affiliation from “R’ to “Independent”. Enough is enough. I despise em all now.
From now on, IF/when I ever decide to vote again, I’ll be voting against whoever is in office, and for whomever is NOT in office regardless if they’re a “D”, “R” or “I”. Since there’s very little difference between em, it really doesn’t matter anymore.
Many folks are now waking up that fact.
Unfortunately, I have to agree with you, though I wish things were different.
Indeed that is the rest of the story
Communism didn’t happen over night it took years of planning.
She knew enough to have her daughter film it all for a movie.
Pelosi’s mind is so shot, she can’t make any sense when talking.
Go, Julie, go!
Makes sure the gUlag is full., and guarded by hate America 3rd worlders. She hired 2 other cp offices, loyal to her, in CA and FL.
She planned it, met with people, and makes sure the Americans know she’s happy to rape, torture and kill them as needed.
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