Kevin McCarthy Says GOP Will Do Its Own, More Partisan Capitol Riot Probe
Republicans will conduct their own investigation into the January 6th insurrection in the U.S. Capitol after House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Refused to cooperate with a bipartisan investigation due to begin next week.
McCarthy said Republicans would boycott the special committee's investigation in favor of their own because House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-California, declined two of his five appointments and asked him to nominate replacements.
"Pelosi broke this institution," said McCarthy. "This body has lost all legitimacy and credibility."
He dodged a question of whether Republicans would investigate former President Donald Trump's role in the day's events.
"We're going to look at anything that made this place unsafe," said McCarthy.
Pelosi only moved to form the select committee after McCarthy himself refused to support a commission of inquiry made up of outside experts who would have been appointed by Republicans and Democrats alike. The Republicans in the Senate eventually blocked the law that the commission would have created.
The select committee will continue to be bipartisan, as Pelosi himself has appointed seven Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).
McCarthy said his committee, which will be entirely Republican, will answer two main questions: why was the Capitol so poorly prepared for the January 6 attack, despite warnings, and what should be done to ensure that another attack does not occur? happen again?
It is a clear attempt to delegitimize control of Trump who instigated the January 6 attack on Congress with lies about electoral fraud and claims that if lawmakers see the results that day, Congress could somehow keep him in power confirmed.
Reps Jim Banks, R-Ind. And Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the two members who voted Pelosi down on the select committee, claimed this week that the Democrats had "ignored" questions about why the Capitol was so vulnerable for attacks because they are afraid of the answers, as if the Democrats somehow made the police unprepared.
A bipartisan investigation by two Senate committees focused solely on the Capitol's security failure. Among other things, that report accused intelligence agencies of failing to share what they heard about the impending attack, clumsy governance of the Capitol police force, and a failure to train officials to deal with a riot situation.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), A member of the select committee, said he did not know what Republicans were implying by claims that Democrats fear the truth about the day.
“We pushed for an independent 9/11 style commission with no elected officials. Five Republicans, five Democrats, equal subpoena, and the Republicans blocked them, ”Raskin told HuffPost. "Who is not interested in the truth and why?"
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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