WATCH: Mitch McConnell Says 1/6 Commission Less Important Than Opposing Biden
Democrats and Republicans have gone back and forth on the question of a January 6th Commission that would investigate the causes and facts of the insurrection attempt earlier this year. Asked to weigh in, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared this to be less important than focusing on opposing Biden Administration and suggested it was purely political.
“They would like to continue to debate things that occurred in the past,” McConnell said, adding, “We think the American people, going forward, and in the fall of ’22, ought to focus on what this administration is doing to the country, and what the clear choice is that we have made to oppose most of these initiatives.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says calls for a January 6 commission are a “purely political exercise.”
He says: “At the heart of this recommendation by the Democrats, is that they would like to continue to debate things that occurred in the past.” pic.twitter.com/B9PbqDs77k
— The Recount (@therecount) May 25, 2021
While it stands out that McConnell simultaneously accused Democrats of being “purely political” while also admitting that he’s focused on opposing anything the Biden Administration proposes, there is also video of the “things that occurred in the past,” that hints at the risk of future recurrences if something isn’t done to prevent them.
In clips below from CSPAN and Now This News, protestors can be seen breaching the Capitol Building and chanting threats to Mike Pence, who was at the time the Vice President. Since, there have been charges pressed against many of the participants, including for bringing firearms into the building.
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 6, 2021
Crimes, it should be noted, are typically investigated after they have happened — which is to say, when the crime itself is ‘in the past’ — and in the case of domestic terrorism in particular, part of an investigation is about determining the risk of another attack, and how to prevent it.