What If? Questions a Bipartisan Probe of Jan. 6 Might Have Answered

A bipartisan investigation of the Capitol riot would dig into the security breakdown and not ignore questions that didn’t conform to a Democrat Party narrative, said Rep. Jim Banks, whose appointment to a select committee was blocked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“If I were ranking member of the committee, we would be asking the tough questions that Pelosi doesn’t want the committee to ask, because she’s responsible but she hasn’t been held accountable for the security failures at the Capitol and [on] Jan. 6,” Banks, R-Ind., told The Daily Signal. 

“The more we learn, the more we realize that there were serious security failures at the Capitol, and why doesn’t this committee want to dig into that?” Banks added later. “They don’t want to dig into it because it deviates from their political narrative.”

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol scheduled a televised presentation in prime time Thursday night as the opener for what many Republicans consider to be a series of hearings designed to draw attention to Democrats’ version of what happened that day.

Kevin McCarthy, R.Calif., was initially going to name five members to the select commission. However, Pelosi blocked him from choosing Banks and Rep. Jim Jordan (R.Ohio). McCarthy resigned his other appointments in response. 

Pelosi appointed Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as vice-chair of the panel, along with Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), to give the committee the patina for bipartisanship. However, Cheney and Kinzinger have been hard critics of former President Donald Trump.

After some participants attacked U.S. Capitol Police officers that day, hundreds of people who had just been to a pro-Trump rally broke into the Capitol. Inside,  a joint session of Congress was in the process of certifying the Electoral College vote sealing Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 election.

Banks said the “breadcrumbs lead to Pelosi’s office,” because the California Democrat is responsible for overseeing security at the Capitol. 

Judicial Watch, a conservative legal group released records Tuesday, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, including a U.S. Capitol Police memo that says of the day of the riot:  “Due to COVID-19 and other issues, the normal staffing for a joint session was less than half of what [Lt. Michael] Byrd usually has assigned to the House Chamber.” 

Byrd is the Capitol Police officer that shot and killed Ashli Babbitt, a Navy veteran.

“The head of the Capitol Police union told us they weren’t prepared for Jan. 6 because the intelligence wasn’t ever disseminated to Capitol Police officers,” Banks told The Daily Signal, adding: 

They weren’t equipped. They used faulty and obsolete equipment. And they weren’t trained, even [with]All the BLM [Black Lives Matter] riots in the summer 2020, didn’t train Capitol Police officers to deal with a riot.

Yesterday, we discovered a real bombshell. … Judicial Watch through FOIA discovered that the Capitol Police was only 50% staffed because of COVID on Jan. 6. Why was this? Those are serious questions, but they don’t want to ask them because it deviates from their political witch hunt narrative. 

According to reports, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) is one of the committee members who wants to use the panel to push for the elimination of the Electoral College. Others want to push for other changes to election procedures that Democrats want long before the Capitol riot. 

“It’s not about studying what happened on Jan. 6 so that something like that doesn’t happen again,” Banks said ahead of Thursday night’s prime-time hearing by the panel, officially called the House Select Committee on the January 6th Attack on the Capitol. 

“It’s all about advancing their agenda and also all about payback to their political opponents,” Banks said. “So it’s shameful. The American people aren’t falling for it.”

Members of the committee suggested that the hearings would provide evidence that Trump was responsible for the riot. 

Trump however, has stated that he authorized 10,000 National Guard troopsto be deployed to Capitol grounds before his Jan. 6, rally challenging the election results. It was held at the Ellipse (a park south the White House). 

Pelosi’s critics claim that the House speaker was a liar. refusedThe presence of troops

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