White House Says POTUS Will Not Form Presidential January 6th Commission
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Thursday that President Joe Biden will not create his own commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol.
“As the President has said, the events of January 6th were an unprecedented assault on our democracy and he believes they deserve a full, and independent, investigation to determine what transpired and ensure it can never happen again,” Psaki said.
“Congress was attacked on that day, and President Biden firmly agrees with Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi [D-CA] that Congress itself has a unique role and ability to carry out that investigation. Because of that, the President doesn’t plan to appoint his own commission,” she added. “Members of Congress swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and the President believes they can, and must, do that by putting politics aside and supporting a full and transparent investigation into January 6th.”
All but six Republican Senators – Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, , Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska – broke ranks with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to vote along side 48 Democrats in favor of forming a bipartisan investigation into the attack.
The remaining Republicans banded together to filibuster the measure that was passed by the House of Representatives, where 35 members of the GOP joined 217 Democrats in support of the independent commission.
Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Patty Murray of Washington did not vote. Neither did Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, however, he would have voted in the affirmative had he not had a scheduling conflict.
The final tally was 54-35.
The House, meanwhile, has the authority to conduct its own investigations.
“Pelosi listed four possibilities: The Senate could hold a second vote on the original bipartisan commission; Democrats in the House could create a select committee; the existing congressional committees could continue their separate investigations; or they could empower one existing committee such as the House Homeland Security Committee to take charge of the probe,” NBC News reported on Wednesday.