A letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday signed by many ranking House members, asking her to answer "many important questions" about security-decisions in the time leading up to the Capitol riots on Jan. 6.
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, House Administration Committee Ranking Member Rodney Davis House Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan were the four who signed the letter.
According to Fox News, the letter references a security decision made on Jan. 4 that the National Guard should not be called in pre-emptively because of concerns about the "optics" of such a thing.
The letter also references a "very heavy-handed and tightly controlled approach to House operations that has been exerted by yourself, your staff, and an army of appointed House officials."
Reportedly, the then chief of the Capitol Police, Steve Sund, requested National Guard assistance on Jan. 4 and was denied by the then Sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving. Pelosi has since fired Sund and asked Irving to resign, which he did.
"When then-Chief Sund made a request for national guard support on January 4th, why was that request denied? Did Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving get permission or instruction from your staff on January 4th prior to denying Chief Sund’s request for the national guard?"
"As you are aware, the Speaker of the House is not only the leader of the majority party, but also has enormous institutional responsibilities. The Speaker is responsible for all operational decisions made within the House."
"These decisions [to fire Sund and demand Irving's resignation] were made in a partisan manner without any consultation of House Republicans and therefore raise questions about the political motivations of your decisions."
Pelosi has also recently come under fire for disobeying her own rules and bypassing metal detectors at the entrance to the House floor.