Schumer: Senate Report 'Strengthened Argument' For Jan. 6 Commission
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said Tuesday that large gaps in a January Capitol riot report released earlier in the day "blocked the case for an 11th-style commission.
The new report gave “hardly” any indication of the actual cause - the actual impulse - of the attack, ”said Schumer. "With the exception of a brief reference to former President Trump's comments on the ellipse, Senate Republicans insisted that the report exclude anything to do with the cause of the uprising."
"If anything," he said, "the report reinforced the case for an independent commission on January 6th."
The Senate Homeland Security and Rules Committee's bipartisan report detailed the events from January 6th to the present day. But there were still no answers to key questions such as why it took so long for authorities to mobilize. The report's authors concluded that "no one could explain why [the DC National Guard] did not deploy until after 5:00 pm" when a mob of rioters broke the law enforcement barricades and entered the Capitol about three hours earlier had broken in to disrupt officials confirming President Joe Biden's election victory.
The report provides more complete information on what law enforcement knew about the potential for violence that day from social media posts and maps of the Capitol's tunnel systems posted online.
Several organizations - including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security - did not fully comply with the requests for information, the report said.
A pro-Trump mob breaks out in Washington, D.C. on January 6. into the U.S. Capitol (Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images)
Schumer said he "reserves the right to legislate for an independent bipartisan commission for another vote in the Senate". He said the same thing in a letter to his colleagues shortly before Memorial Day, only commenting that he would do so "in due course".
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Said Tuesday that he would continue to oppose the commission because he believed the information currently available was sufficient.
"Today's report is one of the many reasons I am confident the investigation in process will uncover all the actionable facts about the January 6th events," said McConnell. "I will continue to support this effort towards anyone trying to politicize the process, and I urge my colleagues to do the same."
Last month, under McConnell's leadership, Republicans successfully prevented the House from accepting a House of Representatives bill that would authorize an independent commission - the filibuster's first deployment in Biden's presidency. The Republicans did so despite the emotional pleas from some officers who stood up against the mob and ignored the negotiations that had taken place between the Republicans and the Democratic leadership.
The partisan march has increased the pressure on Biden and the democratic leadership to knock down the filibuster. But proponents face an uphill battle as a key objector, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Pledged again this week to oppose the anti-filibuster movement.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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