Most Republicans want nothing to do with any sort of in depth investigation of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol. Many of them keep trying to downplay the events of that day as nothing more than tourists out for a stroll.
Legislation introduced Monday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would establish a 13-member Select Committee to undertake that inquiry, with representation being split either 8-5 or 7-6 in favor of Democrats. Politico is reporting that most members of the GOP caucus have no interest in being picked for the committee out of fear that their participation will anger twice-impeached, one-term former president Donald Trump and thereby damage their political futures.
There are three, however, who would jump at the chance: Georgia’s Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz of Florida and Colorado’s Lauren Boebert. It’s not that the Trump-loving trio have an interest in serving the country and uncovering truth. They’re looking to protect the former president. On Monday Greene said, “I would like to be on that new committee to make sure it’s not a witch hunt against Trump supporters and that we can actually find out real answers like releasing over 14,000 hours of video.”
Greene, whose outlandish statements and support of conspiracy theories like QAnon have marginalized her effectiveness on the Hill, added, “I have time on my hands, right? I don’t have any committee assignments, so I think it’s the perfect thing to happen.”
Interestingly, two other House Republicans may be interested in serving on the committee. Neither Liz Cheney of Wyoming nor and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, both Trump critics, have pulled their names from consideration.