[WATCH] Rubio: Why I’m a ‘No’ On January 6th Commission

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (Q-FL) made it clear in a new video message Friday that he strongly opposes the House bill aiming to set up an independent, non-partisan commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. Rubio was one of 175 GOP members of Congress who voted against the commission on Wednesday.

The House approved House Resolution 3233 with all 217 Democrats and 35 Republicans voting yes. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly said he will rally opposition among Senate Republicans and intends to block its final passage.

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Rubio contends there is no need for such a commission. And he argues that it would not be truly non-partisan or independent because the chairman would wield strong power to tamp down Republicans’ views. He also warns Democrats will abuse their powers to “embarrass” Republicans, though he didn’t expound on just how they’d be embarrassed if they had nothing to do with the violent events of that day.

“This is a partisan joke,” Rubio says of the bill in a video he posted on Twitter Friday.

Democrats contend the commission inquiry is urgently needed because of the magnitude of Jan. 6 events, unparalleled in American history, with huge implications for the nation’s democracy. The 35 Republican members who agreed and voted yes on HR 3233 created the largest bipartisan response this Congress has yet seen on any divisive bill.

The video is the latest in Rubio’s series of bunker-style Twitter videos he began early in the coronavirus crisis — always looking like a selfie of a casually dressed Senator appearing alone in a private location. Dressed in a plain black T-shirt and an old ball cap and sitting on what looks like a patio, Florida’s senior Senator says he got a chance to go through the bill Thursday night and was unimpressed.

“I am a no,” he added in a tweet with the video.

Watch his full remarks by clicking through.

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