Politics AP Fact Check rates GOP claim Pelosi blocked National Guard on Jan. 6 'false'
McCarthy proposes 5 Republicans to sit on Jan. 6 panel
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has picked five Republicans to sit on the new select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, signaling that Republicans will participate in the investigation that they have staunchly opposed. McCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump's New JerseyMcCarthy said Monday that he has selected Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, who recently visited former President Donald Trump on trips to the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump's New Jersey golf club, to be the top Republican on the panel. The Republican leader also tapped Ohio Rep.
A recent fact check by the Associated Press found that an assertion being made by members of the House Republican Caucus that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was responsible for the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol due to security reasons is not true.
"As Speaker of the House, Pelosi does not direct the National Guard," the APin its fact check. "Further, as the Capitol came under attack, she and the Senate Majority leader called for military assistance, including the National Guard."
Pelosi scoffed at House GOP leader McCarthy floating GOP-only investigation into Jan. 6: 'Perhaps you mistake me for somebody who would care about that'
Pelosi canned two GOP picks for the committee, Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, who voted against certifying the 2020 election results in AZ and PA.On Wednesday, Pelosi rejected two of McCarthy's recommendations for the January 6 select committee: Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan, both of whom voted against certifying the 2020 election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, two states where President Joe Biden won.
As a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection questioned four members of law enforcement who responded to the attack on Tuesday, several members of the House GOP during media interviews attempted to pin the violence that broke out on Pelosi, saying the Capitol Complex was not properly secured.
"On Jan. 6 these brave officers were put into a vulnerable and impossible position because the leadership at the top failed," (R-Calif.).House Minority Leader
Rep. Jim Jordan, (R-Ohio) whose appointment by McCarthy to the special committee was rejected by Pelosi, said GOPers are looking to launch their own investigation into the police response in the days leading up to and during the attack.
Pelosi did not want Jordan on the committee, because she knew he would question her response to the attack, the Republican from Ohio said.
GOP lawmaker blocked from panel blames Pelosi for Jan. 6 'breakdown of security'
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), one of the two GOP lawmakers rejected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from serving on the Jan. 6 committee, accused the Speaker on Sunday of being responsible for the "breakdown of security" that day that led to a mob storming the Capitol. "Due to the rules of the United States Capitol, the power structure of the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has more control and authority and responsibility over the leadership of the Capitol Police than anyone else in the United States Capitol," Banks said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday.
"Why don't they want to answer the fundamental question, which is why wasn't there a better security posture on that day?" Jordan said.
Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.), another Republican who Pelosi rejected from the panel,over the weekend Pelosi was responsible for the "breakdown of security" at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
"Due to the rules of the United States Capitol, the power structure of the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has more control and authority and responsibility over the leadership of the Capitol Police than anyone else in the United States Capitol," Banks said.
Drew Hammill, a spokesperson for Pelosi,the AP "On January 6th, the Speaker, a target of an assassination attempt that day, was no more in charge of Capitol security than Mitch McConnell was. This is a clear attempt to whitewash what happened on January 6th and divert blame."
Hammill said after the insurrection that Pelosi was never informed of a request from the House Sergeant at Arms not to call the guard before the attack, as her GOP critics have claimed.
"Republicans have falsely laid the blame on Pelosi without mentioning that GOP Leader McConnell had similar authority over the security officials that day," the AP wrote in its fact check. "But there is no evidence that either was involved in any effort to block the National Guard before or during the insurrection."
Republicans' Jan. 6 counterprogramming filled with falsehoods .
On the day a House select committee held its first public hearing to glean facts about the January 6 attack at the US Capitol, some Republican lawmakers continued to deceive the public about both the attack and its aftermath. © Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks with reporters as he arrives to a caucus meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Leader McCarthy has picked five GOP House members to serve on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th riots.