2 thoughts on “House Select Committee to Investigate the 1/6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol

  1. Meanwhile, other Republicans respond to the situation much differently

    Here’s how a few described the rioters of 1/6:

    “These are not unruly or dangerous, violent criminals,” Rep. Paul Gosar (Ariz.) proclaimed at a news conference outside DOJ headquarters. “These are political prisoners who are now being persecuted and bearing the pain of unjust suffering.”

    Rep. Louie Gohmert (Tex.) speculated that “we have political prisoners here in America.”

    Apparently, Rep. McCarthy, Rep. Scalise, and Rep. Stefanik are trying to blame Nancy Pelosi for the insurrection on 1/6.

    With the Capitol Dome behind her, Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), the House Republican conference chair, proclaimed: “The American people deserve to know the truth: that Nancy Pelosi bears responsibility, as speaker of the House, for the tragedy that occurred on Jan. 6.” Stefanik charged that Pelosi “doesn’t want a fair or bipartisan investigation.”

    If this were true, the Republicans would have welcomed an independent investigation.

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    More reactions from Congressional Republicans:

    It seems like many didn’t even watch the hearings.

    Reasons Republicans have opposed a special commission or committee to study the 1/6 incident:

    But their reasoning has vacillated between warnings that it would be too partisan, to it would impede law enforcement investigations, to it should also look into violence at racial justice protests in several cities last summer.

    As mentioned above, Republicans are trying to blame Speaker Pelosi for the 1/6 riot. However,

    McCarthy did not say whether he felt McConnell had also failed to protect the Capitol in his role as Senate leader at the time.

    He later tweeted out a list of questions he said “Pelosi’s sham committee won’t answer.”

    “Why was the Capitol left so vulnerable that day? Why wasn’t the National Guard here? Why didn’t we have a better security posture? What changes are needed to make sure it never happens again?” he wrote

    I will be shocked if the House Select Committee does not answer these questions. It will be a failure if they don’t. And again, if he wanted these questions answered–if he was confident Speaker Pelosi is to blame–he would have supported an independent commission to study what happened.

    It looks like they know the truth will do great political damage to Trump and the Republicans, so their plan has been to not investigate the incident, hoping the issue will go away. Now that the Democrats are investigating the matter, the Republicans have to find ways to undermine the endeavor. But as Rep. Cheney says, this will cause the 1/6 riot to become a cancer to the republic–we can expect this to happen again, maybe every four years.

    Regarding Senate Republicans,

    The top two Senate Republicans, McConnell and Minority Whip John Thune (S.D.) both said Tuesday they were busy and did not watch the hearing….

    …McConnell pointed reporters to his previous statements condemning the riot and Trump’s role in fomenting it. “I don’t see how I could have expressed myself more forthrightly than I did on that occasion, and I stand by everything I said,” he said.

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