BREAKING: New footage shows Nancy Pelosi saying 'I take responsibility' for J6 security failures

"I take responsibility for not having them just prepare for more."

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

New footage from January 6, 2021, released by the House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight, shows then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying that she bears responsibility for not stopping the actions of the mob that day. "We have responsibility, Terri," Pelosi was heard saying in footage, referencing her Chief of Staff Terri McCullough. "We did not have any accountability for what was going on there, and we should have."

"This is ridiculous. You’re going to ask me in the middle of the thing when they’ve already breached the inaugural stuff that should we call the Capitol police — I mean the National Guard? Why weren’t the National Guard there to begin with?" She says from the backseat of a car. According to Politico, the footage was shot by Pelosi's documentary filmmaker daughter, Alexandra, who created the HBO documentary "The Insurrectionist Next Door" about January 6. 

"They thought that they had sufficient resources," someone off camera said, to which Pelosi responded, "They clearly didn’t know. And I take responsibility for not having them just prepare for more."

In a September 2023 interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Trump said, "Nancy Pelosi was in charge of security. She turned down 10,000 soldiers. If she didn’t turn down the soldiers, you wouldn’t have had Jan. 6."

In March 2024, transcripts of an interview with President Trump's former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Anthony Ornato were released, showing that Trump had taken steps to deploy the National Guard that day.

"When it comes to the National Guard statement about having 10,000 troops or any other number of troops, do you recall any discussion prior to the 6th about whether and how many National Guard troops to deploy on January 6th," Soumya Dayananda, a senior investigative counsel, asked.

Ornato responded that he recalled a phone call with former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser where it was said that Trump wanted to make sure and was "willing to ask for 10,000" National Guard troops.  

Ornato explained further that Bowser had only "350 or so for intersection control" and that these were not for “law enforcement capacity at the time." 

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