In his first network interview since leaving the White House, former President Donald Trump dumped the blame for January 6 events at the Capitol squarely in the lap of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“Nancy Pelosi was in charge of security,” Trump told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Kristen Welker. “She turned down 10,000 soldiers. If she didn’t turn down the soldiers, you wouldn’t have had Jan. 6.”
Trump declined to divulge whether he called military or law enforcement.
“I behaved so well,” he insisted. “I did such a good job.”
“Nancy Pelosi turned down 10,000 soldiers,” the GOP primary frontrunner repeated.
Welker pushed back, noting that Pelosi “doesn’t have the authority that you have as Commander In Chief.”
“I understand that the police testified against her, the chief very strongly against her, the Capitol police, great people,” Trump replied. “They testified against her, and they burned all the evidence. OK? They burned all the evidence. They destroyed all the evidence about Nancy Pelosi.”
“She has authority over the Capitol,” he stressed. “National Guard not coming? I asked her [for them] to be there three days in advance, and she turned it down.”
“She says that that request was never officially made,” Welker countered.
“The mayor of D.C. gave us a letter saying that she turns it down,” Trump stated. “OK, we have it.”
“Nancy Pelosi also was asked, and she turned it down,” he continued. “The police commissioner of Capitol police … said that he wanted it, and Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t accept it. She’s responsible for Jan. 6.”
“Nancy Pelosi’s responsible,” Trump repeated, “and the Jan. 6 Committee refused to interview her.”
Naturally, a representative for Pelosi accused Trump of lying.
“As our office has said before, the former president’s allegations are completely made up,” the spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “As numerous independent fact-checkers have confirmed, Speaker Pelosi did not plan her own assassination.”
Pelosi then went on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show,” and said her nemesis is “sick” and in need of “an intervention.”
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“The former occupant of the White House has always been about projection,” Pelosi said in response to his “Meet the Press” accusations.
“He knows he’s responsible for that, so he projects it onto others,” she stated. “His instigation of it, insurrection, and assault in our Constitution, the day we were supposed to approve, and we did, the work of the Electoral College results, the assault on the Capitol building, the assault on the Constitution, the assault on our democracy.
“Shame on him,” she said. “However, he always projects. Now he used to say, ‘well, she turned down my troops.’ No, we, Chuck Schumer and I begged him to send the troops again and again.”
“There is the sickness here that has to be an intervention,” Pelosi said. “That intervention has to be the election, which we have to win. That’s one of the reasons why I am running again, to fight for our democracy. Which is at stake, if he’s on the ballot.”
Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund joined Tucker Carlson on X to discuss “what really happened on January 6th.”
According to him, while the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and even the U.S. military were “swimming” in intelligence about planned violent attacks on the Capitol, Sund’s police officers, and members of Congress, the intelligence he was getting indicated it “was going to be just like the previous MAGA rallies.”
Sund said that Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley had discussed “locking down the city of Washington D.C.” and “revoking permits on Capitol Hill because of the concern for violence.”
“You know who issues the permits on Capitol Hill for demonstrations? I do,” Sund stated. “You know who wasn’t told? Me.”
“Instead, on January 4th, what does Miller do? He puts out a memo restricting the National Guard from carrying the various weapons — any weapons, any Civil Disobedience equipment — that would be utilized for the very demonstrations or violence that he sees coming,” Sund said. “It just doesn’t make any sense.”
As a result, when Sund “was calling, begging for assistance” from the Guard in Virginia and Maryland on January 6th, “they weren’t allowed to respond at first.”
Over a period of 71 minutes, Sund says he made 32 calls, desperately trying to get assistance, but “optics” got in the way.
His repeated pleas for help, he said, had to be “run up the chain” to Pelosi for approval to bring in the National Guard to defend the Capitol.