Did Nancy Pelosi Reject 10,000 Soldiers for Jan. 6 Security?

Aiden Starling

Updated Monday, September 18, 2023 at 5:24 AM CDT

Did Nancy Pelosi Reject 10,000 Soldiers for Jan. 6 Security?

Former President Donald Trump has made claims that Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, is responsible for the events that unfolded on January 6th. According to Trump, Pelosi was in charge of security and allegedly turned down the deployment of 10,000 soldiers, suggesting that if she hadn't done so, the events of that day wouldn't have occurred. However, it is important to note that these claims made by Trump have been disputed and denied by Pelosi and other officials involved.

In response to questions about whether he called the military or law enforcement on that day, Trump declined to provide an answer. Additionally, he made an accusation that the police testified against Pelosi and burned all the evidence. It is crucial to approach these claims with caution, as they have not been substantiated or confirmed by any credible sources.

Trump asserts that Pelosi has authority over the Capitol and turned down the deployment of the National Guard. He claims that the mayor of D.C. provided a letter confirming Pelosi's rejection of the National Guard. However, it is important to consider that the decision to call National Guard troops to the Capitol is made by the Capitol Police Board, which is composed of the House sergeant at arms, the Senate sergeant at arms, and the architect of the Capitol.

The Capitol Police Board initially decided not to call the Guard ahead of January 6th but eventually requested assistance after the rioting had already begun. The troops arrived several hours later. It is worth noting that the House sergeant at arms reported to Nancy Pelosi, while the Senate sergeant at arms reported to Sen. Mitch McConnell, indicating that Pelosi did have a level of oversight in the security measures.

There have been conflicting accounts from officials on the board and the former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund regarding who requested the Guard and when. Both sergeants at arms and the police chief resigned immediately after the attack. House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving reportedly expressed concerns about the "optics" of declaring an emergency ahead of the demonstrations and rejected the presence of the National Guard.

It is important to clarify that independent fact-checkers have confirmed that Pelosi did not plan her own assassination, debunking claims made by Trump. These allegations are completely made up and lack any credible evidence.

In another unrelated claim, Trump disputed the accusation that he grabbed a Secret Service agent by the neck and demanded to head to the Capitol. As with any claim or allegation, it is essential to approach it with skepticism until it can be verified by reliable sources.

The claims made by former President Donald Trump regarding Nancy Pelosi's alleged rejection of 10,000 soldiers for Jan. 6 security have been disputed and denied by Pelosi and other officials. The decision to deploy the National Guard is made by the Capitol Police Board, and there have been conflicting accounts regarding who requested their assistance and when. Independent fact-checkers have debunked claims of Pelosi planning her own assassination. It is crucial to critically evaluate these claims and seek verified information from reliable sources.

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