House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has just been put on notice.
According to the Washington Examiner, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has vowed to “get to the bottom” of what happened at the Capitol building on Jan. 6 — and that includes an investigation into whether Pelosi did her job.
U.S. Capitol Police and officials like the House and Senate sergeant at arms have been under heavy scrutiny since the riots at the Capitol that left the building, including lawmakers’ offices and the House and Senate chambers, ransacked. As House speaker, Pelosi is in charge of it all — and Graham wants to know if she really did all she could to keep the Capitol secure.
“Where was Nancy Pelosi?”
The senator’s comments came during an appearance over the weekend on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures with host Maria Bartiromo.
“I understand what happened on January the 6th was one of the low points in my time in office,” Graham said, according to the Examiner.
“It was horrendous to see people…take over the Capitol, the House, and the Senate, beat officers, defile the seat of government. How in the hell could that happen?” he said.
“Where was Nancy Pelosi? It’s her job to provide Capitol security,” Graham charged, as the Examiner reported. “We will get to the bottom of that.”
“Look in the mirror”
The Examiner said in its report that Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, was quick to respond to Graham’s comments, accusing the senator of trying to “shift blame.”
“This disgraceful attempt to shift blame for the mob attack on the Capitol is absurd [and] pathetic,” Hammill tweeted, as the Examiner reported.
“He need only look in the mirror if he wants to start pointing a finger,” Hammill added. “He has repeatedly cast doubts on results of a fair election [and] dangerously fanned flames of rightwing quackery.”
The investigation into the events that transpired Jan. 6 is ongoing. In the meantime, the sergeants at arms in both chambers of Congress have resigned amid threats of removal, as The New York Times reports.
Only time will tell if Graham can soon force the House speaker into a similar fate.