House GOP Leader Opposes January 6th Commission
House Minority Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said in a statement on Tuesday that he is opposed to a proposal to form a 9-11-style commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol that was directed by former President Donald Trump.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters that would govern a commission to examine the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. During this time, the Speaker even falsely claimed in the press that she had delivered Republicans a counterproposal, when in reality her proposal would not surface until weeks later. To be clear, Republican requests for fair representation and an unbiased premise from which to begin such an investigation were always understood to be the starting point for bipartisan negotiations, not the end result,” McCarthy said.
Recall that 147 House Republicans voted to nullify the results of the 2020 election based on Trump’s “Big Lie” that it was stolen, which in turn resulted in the attack on the Capitol that disrupted the certification of the Electoral College and left five people dead.
McCarthy, who is still a Trump loyalist, insisted that a House investigation into the events would be redundant and a waste of time.
“Numerous Congressional and intergovernmental agency efforts have picked up the slack. There are ongoing bipartisan investigations into all facets of the January 6 events occurring inside the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, as well as the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Additionally, the Office of the Architect of the Capitol has been allocated $10 million to conduct a full, apolitical review into ways to remedy any security vulnerabilities that exist in the Capitol complex,” said McCarthy.
McCarthy also stated that a House commission would interfere with law enforcement investigations into the siege, and pointed to other instances of political violence that believes should take priority.
“The legislation being considered in the House this week is drafted in such a way that could interfere with and ultimately undermine these ongoing prosecutorial efforts – just one byproduct of a process that circumvents committee markup and is expected to come to the House Floor under a closed rule,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the renewed focus by Democrats to now stand up an additional commission ignores the political violence that has struck American cities, a Republican Congressional baseball practice, and, most recently, the deadly attack on Capitol Police on April 2, 2021. The presence of this political violence in American society cannot be tolerated and it cannot be overlooked. I have communicated this to our Democrat colleagues for months and its omission is deeply concerning,” McCarthy added.
“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” the statement concluded.
Lawmakers reached an agreement last week on the formation of the commission. The House will vote on Wednesday.