On 20 May, former President Donald Trump lashed out at the 35 House Republicans who voted with their Democratic counterparts to create an independent commission to investigate the 6 January Capitol riots. Still, 175 GOP lawmakers opposed the initiative. What’s behind their unwillingness to launch the new panel?
“See, 35 wayward Republicans – they just can’t help themselves”, Donald Trump ranted in a 20 May statement. “We have much better policy and are much better for the country, but the Democrats stick together, the Republicans don’t”.
Earlier, on Tuesday, the ex-president called upon GOP lawmakers “not [to] approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission”, and even bring an end to this debate “unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied”.
If passed by both chambers of the US Congress the bill would give the commission subpoena power to call witnesses. The 6 January panel is modelled on the 9/11 Commission that examined the circumstances surrounding the 11 September 2001 terror attacks.
In addition, the Republican House minority leader expressed deep concerns that the bill overlooks last summer’s violent political protests, the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting, and the deadly attack on Capitol Police on 2 April 2021.
For their part, Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) who voted in favour of creating the 6 January panel stressed that they are…