The vote regarding the formation of a January 6th Commission wasn’t the home run it should have been, although it did pass with a comfortable enough margin thanks to the thirty-five Republicans who voted with Democrats to investigate just how the attacks on the Capitol unfolded and whether or not the perpetrators had help from sitting members of Congress.
The 175 Republicans who voted against the Commission sent a very specific message to the American people, according to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). And that message is that they’re afraid of the truth, says the Democratic Majority Whip.
Appearing on “Morning Joe”, Durbin, who also serves as the Chair for the Senate Judiciary Committee, called out his Republican colleagues who were in the chamber on January 6th and experienced the same dangers as everyone else. Durbin said that the 175 members of the GOP who voted against further investigation of the January 6th insurrection are afraid of the truth being revealed, and just how soon it all might come out.
Sen. Dick Durbin: "The Republicans who are voting against this bipartisan, evenly divided January 6th Commission are afraid of the truth, afraid of what's going to come out, and when it's going to come out." @MSNBC
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 20, 2021
Republicans have definitely been working overtime to rewrite the events of January 6th, but the new commission will put an early end to that.
Durbin on McConnell opposing 1/6 commission: I can't believe it. I was with him on January 6 in the so-called secret location, and he was enraged over what occurred and determined that we return in session that same day to prove that that mob was not going to stop our government.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) May 19, 2021
With more information about the January 6th insurrection coming to light even before a bipartisan commission can be formed, and over 400 arrests as of Thursday, it’s understandable why the Republicans tried to block any more information from the public.
“The Republicans who are voting against this bipartisan, evenly divided Jan. 6th commission are afraid of the truth, afraid of what’s going to come out,” Sen. Durbin says on GOP opposition to the Jan. 6th commission. https://t.co/MokE00pgNa
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 20, 2021
Watch Senator Durbin’s “Morning Joe” segment, below.