House Republican leaders launched a preemptive strike ahead of the first select committee hearing into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, accusing Speaker Nancy Pelosi of trying to cover up facts that could get in the way of her predetermined narrative about the incident.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and his leadership team said that U.S. Capitol Police were put in an impossible position on Jan. 6 because of a failure of leadership in their ranks and that Mrs. Pelosimust be asked whether someone stonewalled efforts to call in the National Guard.
“Why were we ill-prepared for that day and how can we make sure it will never happen again?” Mr. McCarthy said Tuesday at a press conference outside the Capitol.
“But unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi will only [put] people onto the committee that will ask the questions she wants asked,” the California Republican said. “That becomes a failed committee and a failed report — a sham that no one can believe.”
“If you want the true answers, do not be afraid of the questions that will be asked and drive the evidence that will come forward,” Mr. McCarthy said.