Nancy Pelosi admits responsibility for Jan. 6th security failures in newly released footage
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In newly released footage, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seen admitting "responsibility" for security lapses during the Jan. 6th Capitol riot. The video, recorded by Pelosi's daughter, contradicts Pelosi's own long-standing narrative that former President Donald Trump and his followers were solely to blame for the security failures.

Key Details:

  • The video, recorded by Pelosi’s daughter Alexandra for an HBO documentary, captures Pelosi moments after being evacuated from the Capitol. She admits, "I take responsibility" for the security failures on Jan. 6th, 2021.

  • House Republicans released the video on Monday, arguing it undermines the narrative that Trump and his followers were solely responsible for the security lapses on that day.

  • In the footage, Pelosi is heard expressing frustration over the inadequate security measures, questioning why the National Guard was not present from the beginning and admitting the lack of preparedness.

Diving Deeper:

Moments after being evacuated from the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, 2021, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was captured on video admitting her responsibility for the security failures that allowed the breach to occur. The footage, recorded by her daughter Alexandra Pelosi for an HBO documentary, was not fully aired until House GOP investigators released it on Monday.

In the video, Pelosi is seen speaking with her chief of staff, Terri McCullough, as their vehicle sped through an underground parking garage. "We have responsibility, Terri. We did not have any accountability for what was going on there, and we should have," Pelosi says. She adds, "This is ridiculous," expressing frustration over the situation.

Pelosi also questions the absence of the National Guard, saying, "You're going to ask me — in the middle of the thing when they've already breached the inaugural stuff — 'should we call the Capitol Police, I mean the National Guard?' Why weren't the National Guard there to begin with?" McCullough responds that security officials thought they had sufficient resources, to which Pelosi retorts, "No, that's not a question of how they had… they don't know. They clearly didn't know. And I take responsibility for not having them just prepare for more."

House Republicans have argued that this footage contradicts the Democrat-led narrative over the past three years that places the blame for the security failures solely on former President Donald Trump and his followers. The footage was released by the House Administration Oversight Subcommittee after being obtained from HBO.

The video’s release comes as the House Rules Committee is scheduled to consider a contempt resolution against Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday.

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