During an appearance on Newsmax’s “Spicer & Co.” on Tuesday, former Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) called out Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), saying that she needs to answer for why Capitol Police didn’t take extra precautions prior to the protests at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Nunes, the current CEO of former President Donald Trump’s social media platform Truth Social, was joined on the Newsmax show by Kash Patel, a former aide to the GOP congressman during the period when he chaired the House Intelligence Committee. Later, Patel became a top official in the Trump White House.
The former California congressman pointed out during the interview that the federal government was made aware ahead of time that there was going to be a massive crowd at the Capitol on January 6, and that Trump had made preparations while Pelosi and the Democrats had refused to take any action.
“There was intelligence ahead of time that the Capitol Police should have known – which clearly Kash over at the White House, they knew, which is why President Trump authorized National Guard troops,” Nunes said.
“You know there are tens of thousands of people coming, and you do nothing? And this is the question Nancy Pelosi is going to have to answer to because payback is going to be a ‘you-know-what’ if Republicans are successful this November,” he continued.
Nunes went on to suggest that Republicans may initiate a new investigation into Jan. 6 if they are able to take back the House in the November midterms, noting that the GOP-led investigation would focus on what the Department of Justice knew and if it was collaborating with several Democrat lawmakers.
Meanwhile, Patel asserted that, as chief of staff of the Department of Defense under Trump, his department had “acted appropriately” in response to the information it had obtained leading up to the riot.
“The American people have a right to know… how we acted appropriately on Jan. 4, 5, and 6 to include President Trump’s authorization of the National Guard that Nancy Pelosi and [Washington, D.C.] Mayor [Muriel] Bowser refused,” Patel noted.