House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her growing cadre of Radical Democrats have voted to establish a commission to investigate the events leading up to the Jan 6. Capitol protests. The commission comes as a ultra-partisan effort to punish America-First Republican voters who support the Former President, and could even take steps to punish Trump himself.
A special committee was approved after a vote of 222-190, split mainly along party lines. Republicans objected to the Democrat takeover of the committee, noting the lack of bipartisanship proves the Nancy Pelosi’s goal is merely to punish conservative Trump supporters. Pelosi’s actions come after Senate Republicans blocked an effort by Democrats to establish a commission with members split from both parties.
Only two House Republicans voted for the special committee, and it’s not really a surprise who they were.
Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who lost her leadership position in the House due to her relentless obsession with Trump, said of the panel, “Our nation, and the families of brave law enforcement deserve answers.
Republicans are criticizing the special commission because Democrats refuse to investigate other crimes committed against Republicans as part of their probe, particularly the near-fatal shooting of GOP Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana who was badly injured as a result.
Pelosi claimed the “attack” on the Capitol on Jan. 6 was the worse America has seen in 200 years. She uses her typical hyperbole to justify a ultra-partisan investigative committee instead of an investigation done by an independent panel.
Most Republicans have made clear they want to move on from the Jan. 6 breach, claiming the event has been weaponized by the Democrats to unleash their weapons against Pro-Trump Republican lawmakers.
The panel would be led by Democrats, with Pelosi appointing a chairperson and at least eight of the committee’s 13 members. The resolution gives her a possible say in the appointment of the other five members as well, directing that they will be named “after consultation” with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.
GOP leaders have declined to say whether Republicans will even participate. In a memo to all House Republicans late Tuesday, No. 2 House Republican Scalise urged his members to vote against the resolution, saying the committee “is likely to pursue a partisan agenda.”
The GOP role in the probe, and the appointments to the panel, could help determine whether the committee becomes a bipartisan effort or a tool of further division. Two Senate committees issued a bipartisan report with security recommendations earlier this month, but it did not examine the origins of the siege, leaving many unanswered questions about the events of the day.
McCarthy is facing pressure to take the investigation seriously from police officers who responded to the attack, several of whom sat in the gallery and watched the debate.
Author: Val Dohm