House Republicans hope that members of their conference named to the Democratic-controlled select committee formed to investigate the Jan. 6 riot could probe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s actions ahead of the riot and direct attention to other “political violence” beyond the Capitol attack.
In a press conference on Tuesday, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise floated the idea of investigating what the top Democrat knew before the attack.
“There have been many questions raised about why there wasn’t a higher National Guard presence. It was supposedly offered,” Scalise said. “At what level was that rejected? I would hope they would look into that because that question really hasn’t been answered. How high up the chain did it go? Was it at the speaker’s level where they were offered National Guard protection on Jan. 6 and denied it?”