The mother of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who died as a result of the Donald Trump/Republican-incited Jan. 6 insurrection has requested meetings with all Republican senators in an effort to get them to support the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the riot.
Gladys Sicknick, mother of officer Brian Sicknick, is looking to have sit-down, face-to-face meetings with every GOP senator so that she can personally make the case for establishing an independent 9/11-type commission to investigate the circumstances of the deadly Capitol siege that cost her son his life. Brian Sicknick died one day after battling with rioters and being sprayed with a chemical irritant while trying to defend lawmakers and staff as they met to certify the election of Joe Biden as president.
In a statement she provided to Politico, Gladys Sicknick said, “Not having a January 6 Commission to look into exactly what occurred is a slap in the faces of all the officers who did their jobs that day. I suggest that all Congressmen and Senators who are against this Bill visit my son’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery and, while there, think about what their hurtful decisions will do to those officers who will be there for them going forward.”
Putting politics aside, wouldn’t they want to know the truth of what happened on January 6? If not, they do not deserve to have the jobs they were elected to do,” she added.
The House of Representatives approved a measure to set up the commission last week; it had the support of all Democrats and 35 Republicans. But it faces stiff opposition in the Senate, where 10 Republicans would need to agree to support the bill. Thus far, only Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski have indicted they will vote in favor of the commission.
As of Wednesday afternoon, only a few GOP senators have indicated they’re brave enough to take a meeting with Gladys Sicknick, including Collins, Romney, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and South Carolina Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. Others, including Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Josh Hawley (Mo.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) either refused to comment on the meeting request or said that they had not yet received Gladys Sicknick’s invitation.