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Speaker Pelosi meets with Retired General Honore and the security of Congress.

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I have wondered where General Honore is with his investigation on security. 

I believe there is going to be a clean up because I believe Honore takes this job seriously.   His job.  Right Now is to look into the failed situation on Jan 6th and it should never happen again.   The more focus that is on these enemies within, the closer we get to some sort of salvaging  democracy and a safer Capitol.  

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi today met with Lieutenant General (ret) Russel Honoré to receive an initial assessment of the security review he is conducting of the United States Capitol Complex initiated in the wake of the January 6 assault:

“Following the devastating attack on the Capitol that threatened the lives of and traumatized Members of Congress, staff and support workers, I asked Lieutenant General Russel Honoré to lead an immediate review of the security of the Capitol Complex,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  “I salute the urgent, diligent and strategic work that he and his team continue to do in this mission, which is critical to protecting the Capitol and, indeed, our very Democracy.  I was pleased to be briefed on the General’s initial assessment which covered operational readiness, interagency cooperation, security infrastructure and the morale and readiness of institutional staff.  As we consider the need for an emergency supplemental funding bill to meet institutional security needs, I want to thank the General for reviewing what is necessary for the Capitol Police to do their jobs.”    

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Transcript of Pelosi Weekly Press Conference Today

JANUARY 28, 2021 
PRESS RELEASE
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi held her weekly press conference today in the Capitol Visitor Center.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Good morning, everyone.

This month of January is the month of memorable Wednesdays, as you know.  On January 6th,

No one is above the law, not even a President of the United States, and Trump must be tried and convicted to ensure that no future President will ever think it’s okay to incite insurrection, to stop the ascertainment of who the next President of the United States will be by falsely inflaming people, falsely, about the outcome of the election.

In that regard, in terms of security, security, security, which is what we do, protect and defend the Constitution, security, protect the American people is our very first responsibility.  And when they come to the Capitol, whether to work as a legislator, a staffer, a journalist, whatever, we want people to be safe.

Later today, I’ll be meeting with General Honoré, Russel Honoré, who’s leading a security review of the Capitol complex.  Updates on the timing, scope and details will be forthcoming.  Protecting the Capitol is a matter of protecting our democracy, 

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Any questions?  Yes, ma’am.

Q:  Madam Speaker, I wanted to ask you about Marjorie Taylor Greene.  How concerned are you about her past posts, remarks, rhetoric?  What would you like to see done about those?

Speaker Pelosi.  What I’m concerned about is the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives who is willing to overlook, ignore those statements – assigning her to the Education Committee when she has mocked the killing of little children attending Sandy Hook Elementary School, when she has mocked the killing of teenagers in high school at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  What could they be thinking?  Or is thinking too generous a word for what they might be doing?  It’s absolutely appalling, and I think that the focus has to be on the Republican leadership of this House of Representatives for the disregard they have for the death of those children.

Not only are they not interested in gun safety and gun violence prevention by passing legislation for background checks legislation, which is overwhelmingly supported in a bipartisan way in the country, but to have someone who would mock, call it a fake – those fake events – is just beyond, it’s just beyond any understanding of any regard that the House Republicans would have for the House of Representatives, for the Congress of the United States, and for the heartbreak of the families at Sandy Hook and at Marjory Stoneman High School.  It really – at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  It’s really beyond the pale.  You’re just going to have to ask them why they thought that that raised itself to the level of something appropriate to do in the Congress of the United States.

Q:  You have a Member who has talked about executing you.

Speaker Pelosi.  Yeah.

Q:  And you had a security bulletin yesterday from DHS about ongoing domestic violence threats.  What are you saying to your Members about protecting themselves?  And what can be done to – for them to feel safe?

Today, when I meet with General Honoré, he is looking at Members here, Members at home, and in between.  So, we want to have a scientific approach to how we protect Members.  I do believe, and I have said this all along, that we will probably need a supplemental for more security for Members when the enemy is within the House of Representatives, a threat that Members are concerned about, in addition to what is happening outside.

But I think – again, what’s in that letter.  We won’t – that’s just a matter of communicating to them.  That has been done: the MRA, the rest of that.  I do think, though, that while it’s appropriate that they use their MRA for their security, they shouldn’t have to because that money is there for them to meet the needs of their constituents.

In the meantime, to protect themselves and their constituents when they communicate with them, that that is confidential, private and not provocative, but then also for us to have – and that’s what we’ll be looking at recommendations from General Honoré.  We’ll have some interim report today, and then he’ll continue his work as we go forward.  But it’s very important.

Q:  You’ve been the subject of the threats.  That comes with the job of being Speaker.  Many of your Members, not necessarily, some of them feel like they’re targets now.  What do you say to your Caucus, your fellow House Members?

Speaker Pelosi.  Well, what we’re saying is that we’re going to approach it in a way that will truly protect them, that the issues they raised in their letter have, by and large, been in effect.  So, they may be relieved to hear that.

I honestly believe General Honore is looking at the enemies within very closely.   I also think he knows if there is another failed security breech, it will fall on him and from what I have seen from this man, ain’t nothing going to fall on him without some serious repricussions.   

Keep the pressure up on the terrorists.  Something is going to be done….Orderly and legally and I believe it will come soon. 

We are looking at you Margie and Cruz and McCarthy and others but more important, the General is investigating and looking at you .  He is looking deeply at your words and threats.  I believe that.

Damn, it must be hard and awful to be in authority like this and know what is going to happen and can’t say a word yet.   I think that is where we are.   It would be like a superhero knowing you are about to cape up and can’t tell anyone the crap is going to stop but can’t say when or how.  

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