Spokesman Pelosi said the Democrats had agreed to every single request from Kevin McCarthy, but he still refused to support the 1/6 commission.
In a statement to PoliticusUSA, spokesman Pelosi said:
On Wednesday the House will vote on the National Commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the United States’ Capitol Complex Act. This commission is modeled after the 9/11 commission to learn the truth about what happened on January 6th. I commend Chairman Bennie Thompson and Ranking Member John Katko for their unwavering leadership in securing a bipartisan agreement. It is important to note that it took more than 14 months to legislate to create the 9/11 Commission.
The Democrats repeatedly sought a bipartisan compromise. But Leader McCarthy won’t take yes for an answer. In his February 22 letter, he made three motions to be included in the Democrats’ draft discussion. Each one has been approved by Democrats, but he still says no.
The American people expect and deserve the truth about what happened on January 6th in a way that strengthens our democracy and ensures that January 6th never happens again.
There are three reasons McCarthy disagrees with the 1/6 commission. The Republicans of the House do not want the potential role of their own members in the attack to be exposed. Rep. McCarthy (R-CA) is also trying to protect Trump from his role being exposed, and McCarthy is also protecting himself because if there is a commission he will have to testify during and after the attack about his talks with Donald Trump.
Liz Cheney has called on the commission to summon McCarthy and it is growing louder that McCarthy and Trump manipulate witnesses after the attack.
The bipartisan support from the commission would give credibility to the process, but if the Republicans don’t go along, the Democrats will have to announce the commission and go alone.
The truth is more important than a bipartisan view, and Republicans will do their best to bury the January 6th truth if left to their own devices.
Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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