Escalating her war with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the one-sided probe of the Jan. 6 pro-Trump riots at the Capitol, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene today charged that the top Democrat used U.S. Capitol Police as “political pawns” to target Republicans and smear former President Trump.
From blocking reinforcements to help control the Jan. 6 crowd to having the police enforce new mask rules on House grounds, Greene said “I am concerned that USCP officers are being used as political pawns by Speaker Pelosi and other party leaders.”
In a sympathetic letter to Police Chief J. Thomas Manger, the Georgia Republican suggested that by denying requests for help in advance of Jan. 6, top Democrats got “precisely the ‘optics’ desired” and a riot that led to the second impeachment of President Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”
Trump and top Republicans have denied they urged followers to storm the Capitol on the day his election defeat was being confirmed. But the image of Trump supporters, some in Trump flag capes, overwhelming handfuls of Capitol Police helped to fuel the charge and subsequent investigations, including one led by Pelosi’s team.