World Pelosi touts bipartisan Jan. 6 Capitol riot commission, says Republicans 'afraid of the truth'
The GOP whitewash of the Capitol attack shows the need for a January 6 commission
Two House Republicans have suggested that a commission could subpoena Kevin McCarthy.Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) joined former Republican House conference chair Liz Cheney (R-WY), who was ousted from that job Wednesday, in indicating that a subpoena could be on the table for McCarthy, telling CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union that “I would suspect Kevin would be subpoenaed.
House Speakersuggested Wednesday that GOP leaders and former aren't backing the formation of a bipartisan commission to study the at the Capitol because they are scared of what would be unearthed.
"It sounds like they are afraid of the truth and that's most unfortunate, but hopefully they'll get used to the idea that the American people want us to find the truth," Pelosi, D-Calif., said at a Capitol news conference. "And that is what we intend to do."
Pelosi's comments came just hours before the House was to vote on forming a 9/11-style bipartisan commission to investigate the origins of the Jan. 6 riot and make recommendations on how to prevent such an assault from happening again. The legislation would then head to the Senate.
House Passes Bill Creating Jan. 6 Commission Over GOP Objections
Over the objections of GOP leaders, the House passed a bill Wednesday that would create a bipartisan and independent commission to examine the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The House voted 252-175, with 35 Republicans joining all Democrats in support of the bill. With 35 House Republicans voting for the commission, there’s a possibility Democrats in the Senate can find enough Republicans there to support the panel, but the odds are long. While the number of GOP defections is a bit of an embarrassment for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and his leadership team, it’s probably not quite the jailbreak that Democrats needed to convince their Senate colleagues to go aga
Trump, House GOP Leader, R-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader , R-Ky., have all come out against the formation of the commission.
The opposition from House Republican leaders seemed to take some Democrats aback because a Republican, Rep. John Katko of New York, authored the bipartisan bill with Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and the two had forged a compromise on some thorny issues.
The agreement met one major Republican demand by including an equal number of members from each party and requires majority approval to issue subpoenas. But it did not meet another condition that McCarthy and some other Republicans wanted: to investigate other political violence, such as Antifa riots, in addition to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Ron Johnson Insists Capitol Attack 'By and Large' a Peaceful Protest After House OKs Jan. 6 Commission
"Even calling it insurrection, it wasn't," the Wisconsin Republican senator said.Although Republican leaders have come out against the commission legislation, 35 House Republicans broke ranks and joined Democrats in supporting the bill. Whether the legislation can pass in the Senate remains uncertain, as GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans have voiced their opposition.
Thompson, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, called his work with Katko a "labor of love."
The Democrat said he was in "shock" when McCarthy undermined the legislation at the end since he was informed of negotiations throughout the process.
"We didn't want it to become purely political, that's why we worked diligently to make it bipartisan," Thompson said of his hours of work with Katko.
Like the 9/11 Commission, the Jan. 6 panel would be a 10-person bipartisan commission. Half of the commissioners would be appointed by Democrats and the other half would be appointed by Republicans. The commission will have subpoena power to carry out the investigation but there must be bipartisan agreement by the chair and vice-chair or by a vote by a majority of commission members.
The House is also voting on $1.9 billion in supplemental security funding to respond to the Jan. 6 attack that would boost funding for the U.S. Capitol Police, the National Guard and securing the Capitol complex.
On Jan. 6, a group seeking to stop the certification of President Biden's election victory stormed the Capitol, destroyed property and forced lawmakers to take shelter. About 140 police officers were injured in the riot and five people died, including Officer Brian Sicknick, who suffered a stroke after defending the Capitol.
Federal law enforcement officials have made more than 400 arrests of individuals involved in the siege.
Former 9/11 Commission Head Tom Kean Calls GOP Blocking Jan. 6 Commission 'Sad' .
"It looks to me right now like the American people might never find out the truth," the former Republican New Jersey governor said.Kean, who served as New Jersey's GOP governor from 1982 to 1990, led the commission that investigated what happened and what went wrong ahead of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Democrats, joined by some Republicans, proposed forming a similar commission to investigate the violent insurrection by former President Donald Trump's supporters on January 6—but the legislation was blocked by GOP lawmakers.