Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), the ranking member of the House Administration Committee, is accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of shielding evidence pertaining to the Capitol building’s security practices ahead of the January 6 riot.
“We know there were intelligence analysis failures at the Capitol Police,” Davis said on the John Solomon Reports podcast.
“The events of January 6, 2021 exposed serious security vulnerabilities at the Capitol Complex,” Davis wrote in a letter to Pelosi. “Unfortunately, over the past twelve months, House Democrats have been more interested in exploiting the events of January 6th for political purposes than in conducting basic oversight of the security vulnerabilities exposed that day.”
Davis said Republican lawmakers launched an investigation into the Capitol’s security vulnerabilities after the incident, requesting records from the U.S. Capitol Police, the House sergeant-at-arms, and the House chief administrative officer. But, he said, only the USCP has complied.
In the letter, Davis noted that the House sergeant-at-arms and chief administrative officer are “the two House officers who report directly” to Pelosi.
Davis accused Democrats of only displaying a “superficial interest in examining the security vulnerabilities highlighted by January 6” and obstructing “Republican access to House records,” yet have held “witnesses in criminal contempt of Congress for raising genuine questions of legal privilege.”
“This double standard only adds to the evidence that Democrats are weaponizing events of January 6th against their political adversaries,” Davis wrote. “If you are truly interested in working with Republicans to improve the Capitol security posture, I demand that you direct all House officers immediately to stop obstructing our oversight.”
Davis, who heads the House Administration Committee, which oversees Capitol security, told Just The News lawmakers are frustrated that Pelosi has blocked the release of information.
“At a time when the Speaker through this sham Select Committee is asking and getting voluntarily thousands of communications from people who are no longer employed by government, she is denying that committee of jurisdiction access to government communications. What is she hiding?”
“All we ever asked for is we want communications leading up to and on Jan. 6, we want to be preserved, we want to be turned over to us, because my job, my job is to make sure that the Capitol is secure. And it’s laughable to think that that’s not germane to making sure that we don’t make those same mistakes again,” Davis said.