Unearthed Jan. 6 Footage Shows Pelosi ‘Take Responsibility’ For Not Having Authorities ‘Prepare For More’

Unearthed Jan. 6 Footage Shows Pelosi ‘Take Responsibility’ For Not Having Authorities ‘Prepare For More’

Video from January 6, 2021, released by House Republicans on Monday shows then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) acknowledging that she is responsible for not ensuring that law enforcement and the National Guard were “prepare[d] for more” during the Capitol riot.

In the newly-released footage posted to X by the House Oversight Subcommittee, Pelosi appears to be in the process of being evacuated from the U.S. Capitol as she rides in the back of a vehicle with staffers. Pelosi is seen discussing the riot that had broken out and expressing frustration that the National Guard wasn’t “there to begin with.”

“We have responsibility, Terri,” Pelosi said, appearing to talk to 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?” Pelosi added. “Why weren’t the National Guard there to begin with?”

McCullough began to answer, saying authorities “thought they had sufficient …” before Pelosi cut her off.

“No, it is not a question of how they had … they don’t know. They clearly didn’t know,” Pelosi said. “And I take responsibility for not having them just prepare for more.”

🚨 Since January 6, 2021, Nancy Pelosi spent 3+ years and nearly $20 million creating a narrative to blame Donald Trump.

NEW FOOTAGE shows on January 6, Pelosi ADMITTED:

“I take responsibility.”


— Oversight Subcommittee (@OversightAdmn) June 10, 2024

The video clip is part of 45 minutes of footage recently obtained by the House Oversight Subcommittee.

Democrats, including Pelosi, have spent more than three years accusing former President Donald Trump and his supporters of attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election and foment an insurrection. Pelosi greenlit the House January 6 Select Committee, which spent months looking into the events of that day and hearing testimonies from Capitol Police officers and former Trump officials. The committee concluded by recommending insurrection charges against Trump.


Trump is also being tried in a Washington, D.C., court for alleged election interference, a trial unlikely to begin before the 2024 presidential election. Trump has pleaded not guilty to the election interference charges brought by special counsel Jack Smith.

House Republicans issued a report in 2022 on the Capitol breach, which found that Democrat leaders were concerned about the “optics” of deploying the National Guard to quell the riot “in the aftermath of the Summer 2020 ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests.”  It took around four hours for the National Guard to respond and send troops to the Capitol.

Trump has accused Pelosi of bearing responsibility for the January 6 riot, saying earlier this year, “I think it was an insurrection caused by Nancy Pelosi.”

A spokesman for Pelosi responded to the Oversight Subcommittee’s clip, telling Fox News, “Numerous independent fact-checkers have confirmed again and again that Speaker Pelosi did not plan her own assassination on January 6th.”

“As the footage in its entirety plainly shows, Speaker Pelosi sprang into action in response to the attack on the Capitol — mobilizing the defense of the Capitol, urging the Administration to deploy the National Guard and coordinating the continuity of government,” Pelosi’s office added. “Cherry-picked, out-of-context clips do not change the fact that the Speaker of the House is not in charge of the security of the Capitol Complex — on January 6th or any other day of the week. Three years later, House Republicans are still attempting to whitewash the deadly insurrection.”


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