House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was torn to pieces over the creation of a “partisan” commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol riot – which Pelosi seems to be desperately trying to control the narrative on.
Rep. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, backed creating the commission to investigate the riot.
She pulled support, however, after Pelosi shot down two proposed GOP commission members from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. To represent the GOP, Pelosi unilaterally installed two of her own Republicans on the committee: Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.
“I fought very hard to have an independent, bipartisan, nonpartisan, outside commission to look at all of the events of that day and I was very disappointed that it was not approved,” Collins said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper.
“I think it would have had far more credibility than Speaker Pelosi’s partisan committee that she has set up. But we should have had a 9/11-style commission to fully look at what happened.”
The rules of creating the commission, written by Pelosi, gave her the ability to veto any Republican picks to sit on the committee and set the timetable for the commission at “as long as it takes.”
Pelosi vetoed McCarthy’s committee picks, Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks, in what she acknowledged as an “unprecedented” move. Jordan later slammed Pelosi for axing him from the committee and said she should be called to testify in front of it.
“The real question is, and I’ve said this many times, why weren’t those guys who testified today and all the other Capitol Hill police who protect us and protect Capitol Hill, why weren’t they given more help?” Jordan said.
“Why wasn’t more help there that day? And the only person who can answer that question is the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,” he continued. “And I think she thought we were going to keep raising that question, and that’s why she didn’t put me on [the committee].”
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich suggested that Pelosi has quickly become the “greatest threat to constitutional liberty in our lifetime” thanks to her recent power-grabs.
Gingrich said in an opinion piece with Fox News, “With the passive support of an apparently cowardly caucus, she is behaving as a dictator more like Fidel Castro, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, or Nicolás Maduro.”
“Pelosi ordered and kept the fencing around the U.S. Capitol for months – even when members of her own party were calling for it to come down. She stripped a duly elected Republican of all her committee assignments.”
“In recent weeks, she has dictated to the minority party what members it can have on a bipartisan commission.”
“Now, she is threatening to have members of Congress and their staffs arrested if they do not follow the mask mandate which exists by her own decree…”
Gingrich continued, “If her power, arrogance, and destructiveness is allowed to continue growing, she will shatter the precedents of the U.S. House, undermine hundreds of years of common legislative precedent going back to the Magna Carta of 1215, and the destroy the established principle that those who write laws are still subordinate to them.”
Author: Ryan Kim