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Nate Jackson / Jul. 22, 2021

Pelosi’s Capitol Offense

The speaker’s investigation was always a partisan charade. Rejecting two GOPers proves it.

From the moment the shirtless guy with the horned hat appeared on television in the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, Democrats have insisted it was all Republicans wearing the costume. In other words, they’ve used the disgraceful actions of a few to tar an entire party.

“The violent domestic attack on Congress on January 6th was the worst assault on the Capitol since the War of 1812,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday, “and the worst domestic assault on American Democracy since the Civil War.”

She might want to consult with President Joe Biden, who can’t decide if the ridiculous Civil War hyperbole applies better to the Capitol riot or to voting integrity legislation.

A big key to the Democrats’ partisan theatrics was Pelosi’s call for a “9/11-type” commission to investigate what happened in the Capitol riot. She and her fellow Democrats had already decided what happened, of course — within days, they impeached President Donald Trump for “inciting violence.”

But now Democrats want to find out if that spur-of-the-moment incitement was actually planned by the “white supremacists” running rampant across the fruited plain — the ones that supposedly justified spending $500 million on stationing National Guard troops in our capital for several months. Per Pelosi, “We need a comprehensive investigation as to who organized this attack, who paid for it, how they nearly succeeded in overthrowing a presidential election, why they did it and how we must organize ourselves to prevent anything like it from ever happening again.”

Was it organized or was it incited? Make up your mind.

When her commission idea failed to launch, Pelosi fell back on a select committee with bipartisan membership to give a patina of legitimacy to her fraudulent probe. Now, that committee too is falling apart.

On Wednesday, Pelosi rejected two of the five Republicans chosen by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on the committee. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio were apparently two too many Jims.

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations,” said Pelosi. “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”

Respect. Integrity. Truth. All three are such foreign concepts to Pelosi and her fellow Democrats that it’s no wonder she made what even she acknowledged was an “unprecedented decision.”

Jordan said: “It doesn’t surprise me. … This is all about attacking President Trump again.”

Banks added that Pelosi’s afraid because he’d demand to know “why the Capitol was vulnerable on that day when we had intelligence for weeks leading up to January 6 that told us that something dangerous would happen.”

McCarthy responded exactly as he should have. He called Pelosi’s move an “egregious abuse of power” that “has broken this institution,” and he warned that unless she “reverses course … Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts.”

Again, the Democrat plan from January 6 forward has been to tar Trump on his way out of office and to bludgeon Republicans all the way until November 2022. The Capitol riot was indeed a dark moment in American history, and though Republicans rightly opposed creating this committee, they weren’t wrong to ultimately play along and attempt an honest investigation. But Pelosi has shown her cards, and there’s nothing legitimate or honest about her game.

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