Rep. Jim Jordan, in move dismissed by Democrats, questions whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should shoulder

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Ohio's Jim Jordan sent Nancy Pelosi a letter that questions her role in Capitol Hill security lapses.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a move that Democrats described as a blatantly partisan effort to deflect responsibility for the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol from former President Donald Trump, Ohio's Rep. Jim Jordan and three other top U.S. House Republicans on Monday questioned whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bears some responsibility for security failures that allowed rioters into the building where 2020 presidential electoral votes were being tallied.

Jordan, who is the House Judiciary Committee's top Republican, joined his counterparts on the House Administration, Intelligence and Oversight and Reform committees in a letter that asked why a Capitol Police request for National Guard support during the protest was denied several days before before the incursion where five people died. The letter also asked what security guidance was provided by Pelosi and her staff.

Citing published reports that the House Sergeant at Arms denied the request for National Guard support "because the 'optics' of having the National Guard on site were not good and the intelligence didn't support the move," Jordan's letter suggested that was done on Pelosi's behalf -- something a spokesman for Pelosi said was not true. The letter also said Democrat-appointed House officers haven't provided information that Republicans requested about the incident so they can "properly conduct oversight on the January 6th events."

"Five weeks have passed since the January 6th attack on the Capitol building, and many important questions about your responsibility for the security of the Capitol remain unanswered," said the Champaign County Republican's letter. "As you are aware, the Speaker of the House is not only the leader of the majority party, but also has enormous institutional responsibilities. The Speaker is responsible for all operational decisions made within the House."

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill dismissed the letter as effort to deflect responsibility for the riot from Trump. He observed…
Sabrina Eaton, cleveland.com
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