On December 12, the Senate unanimously passed a measure to remove authority for calling out the National Guard from politicians like Nancy Pelosi, handing the authority over to the Capitol Police. Naturally, this was virtually ignored by the news media, but the reason for the move was clear.
Despite dire predictions by federal authorities before January 6, 2021, the authorities responsible for calling out the Guard, Speaker Pelosi and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, were more concerned with partisan optics than security. Bowser had opposed President Trump regarding National Guard presence during the BLM riots in the past and wasn’t going to create a marshal law-like atmosphere on her watch. in D.C. She decided the Guard should be unarmed on the 6th and relegated to traffic control.
Good call there, Mayor.
Pelosi, meanwhile “was heavily involved in planning and decision-making before and during the events of Jan. 6, 2021, and micromanaged the Sergeant at Arms,” according to texts and other communications that were revealed after the rioting. While the report of the partisan and Trump-deranged House January 6 Star Chamber completely ignored Pelosi’s role in allowing the debacle to occur, the Pelosi team’s negligence was exposed in an investigative report by the House Republicans Pelosi removed from the “J6 Committee” so there would be no distraction from the mission, which was vilify Donald Trump ahead of the 2022 mid-term elections. The exiles were Jim Banks (R-IN), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) and Troy Nehls (R-TX). The final intelligence threat assessment issued three days before the riot warned of a violent scenario in which “Congress itself” could be attacked by armed Trump supporters, but the warning was buried at the end of a 15-page document and was not included in the introductory summary. Then the the warning was omitted in three subsequent daily intelligence reports.
Shades of Pearl Harbor!
The GOP investigation showed that House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, who answered to Pelosi as one of three voting members of the Capitol Police Board, “succumbed to political pressures from the Office of Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat leadership.” He was compromised by politics and did not adequately prepare for violence at the Capitol. Pelosi’s repeated claims that she had “no power over the Capitol Police” are, the report concluded, nonsense.“This is false,” says the report. “Documents provided by [current] House Sergeant at Arms show how then-House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving carried out his duties in clear deference to the Speaker, her staff, and other Democratic staff . . .House Rules dictate . . . that the Sergeant at Arms is to report directly to the Speaker of the House.”
The House and Senate sergeant at arms and Capitol Police Chief Sund fell on their swords and resigned after the debacle, which could have been prevented, the report concludes, if Pelosi had done her job.
Another culprit sharing responsibility is the assistant director of the USCP intelligence division, Julie Farnam, a newcomer to the Capitol Police who had joined Department of Homeland Security less than three months before the riot. Analysts told the shadow J6 Committee of GOP exiles that the section became ‘nonfunctional’ immediately upon Farnam’s arrival as she tried to consolidate power for herself to the detriment of the safety and security of the Capitol. “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 analyst told the Republicans that “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] were not fully informed about the severity of the threats against the Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021”.
Over at PJ Media, Victoria Taft concludes from this that “Nancy Pelosi had more to do with the U.S. Capitol breach on January 6, 2021, than anything President Trump did that day. Indeed, Nancy Pelosi could be crowned Queen of the Mob, since her actions led to the crashing of the perimeter fences, general dysfunction, and deaths of Trump supporters that day….If she’d done her job, there would have been no riot, no deaths of Trump supporters, no show trials, and no political prisoners sitting in solitary confinement in a D.C. gulag for two years awaiting trial. And there would have been no need for federal agents to “orchestrate” a riot.”
Such a shifting of responsibility is ethically wrong. It is the equivalent of saying that because homeowners left their door unlocked, they are responsible for a burglary. The rioters are wholly responsible for the rioting and violence, as well as its aftermath. President Trump must accept material blame for empowering what should have been recognized as an unstable mob.
However, the incompetence of Bowser, Pelosi and Farnam must be examined and highlighted in any legitimate analysis of the event and how to avid similar unrest in the future. The fact that the J6 Committee ignored that aspect of riots tells us all we need to know about the true objective of that rigged inquiry.