A “shadow committee” of the five House Republicans who had originally been nominated to be a part of the House Jan. 6 select committee has released a counter-report documenting the security failures that led to the Capitol being vulnerable to attack. The report was released on Wednesday the same day that the official select committee’s final report was expected to be released.
The report mainly focused on the changes to the Capitol Police intelligence protocols in the run-up to Jan. 6. It also pointed toward the communications between the House Sergeant at Arms and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
The entire document is using evidence that is already publicly available, as well as news reports, interviews with Capitol security officials and officers, and some of the documents provided to the House Administration Committee Republican staff by the House Sergeant at Arms in January 2022.
The select committee’s final report on their investigations into Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot had been expected to be released on Wednesday but it was delayed until Thursday.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had nominated Republican Reps. Jim Banks (Ind.), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Kelly Armstrong (N.D.), and Troy Nehls (Texas) as potential members who could sit on the Jan. 6 select committee last year, however, Pelosi rejected the appointment of both Banks and Jordan which led to McCarthy withdrawing the rest of his picks.
In a statement, the five members noted that “when Speaker Pelosi made the unprecedented decision to reject Jim Banks and Jim Jordan from sitting on the January 6 Select Committee – we knew she intended to play politics instead of addressing the massive security failures that lead to that day,” and this was why they decided to begin investigating into what actually went on at the Capitol on that day, and what allowed the Capitol to be so vulnerable to a threat.
As they note this is an issue that the Select Committee has not paid any attention to. However, as they note their report can “lay a groundwork for security reforms as we prepare to lead a safer and more secure Campus in the 118th Congress and beyond.”
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