Susan Collins Grilled Over Her Confusing Stance on January 6th Commission
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) came under fire during Sunday’s edition of ABC’s This Week for holding what seems to be a conflicting stance on the formation of a bi-partisan congressional commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol.
Host George Stephanopoulos grilled Collins for supporting the creation of an independent body while simultaneously demanding that her own terms and conditions be included.
“You called that attack appalling and un-American, provoked by President [Donald] Trump. But now you say you’re going to support the commission only under certain conditions, including that it wrap up this year, which appears pretty unrealistic. Why are you opposed to voting for the commission as passed by the House?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“Well first of all, let me clarify my position. I strongly support the creation of an independent commission. I believe there are many unanswered questions about the attacks on the Capitol on January 6th. We need to figure out how we can enhance security, why we weren’t better prepared and we want the Capitol to be an open, accessible symbol of our democracy. So I support the creation of a non-partisan, bipartisan commission,” Collins said.
“There are two issues that I think are resolvable. One has to do with staffing and I think that both sides should either jointly appoint the staff or there should be equal numbers of staff appointed by the chairman and the vice chairman,” Collins continued.
“The second issue is that I see no reason why the report cannot be completed by the end of this year. The commissioners have to be appointed within ten days. There’s plenty of time to complete the work and I’m optimistic that we can get past these issues based on recent conversations I’ve had with the Speaker of the House and the House majority leader,” Collins added.
Despite sharply criticizing her GOP colleagues over blocking the proposes Jan. 6 commission, @GStephanopoulos presses Sen. Collins on new caveats to voting on it: "I don't see why the report cannot be completed by the end of this year." https://t.co/WTOoh8gB9r pic.twitter.com/CTnQos2wbx
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 23, 2021