House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy voices strong opposition to commission to investigate Capitol Riots

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca) has publicly voiced strong opposition this week to the formation of a bipartisan congressional commission to investigate the Capitol riot on January 6. 

The House of Representatives voted earlier this week in support of a bill that would create a congressional commission to investigate the attack on the Capitol building in January, and put measures in place that would ensure such an attack could never take place again. The bill passed with 35 Republicans on board, and most other GOP representatives in strong opposition. McCarthy and other influential Republicans have indicated they will not support such an investigation for a slew of reasons. McCarthy’s justifications for his opposition to the commission run the gamut from the commission being redundant due to several existing investigations taking place regarding the January attack, to his assertion that the commission would not address other types of political violence in the US.

In a statement earlier this week, McCarthy seemed to accuse House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) of bad faith negotiations, saying, Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has echoed McCarthy’s sentiments as the bill heads to the Senate for a vote, which could take place as early next week. McConnell has begun lobbying Senate Republicans to vote against the bill, urging them at a private breakfast event on Wednesday to vote against the bill, telling them, “It’s not at all clear what new facts or additional investigation yet another commission could lay on top of the existing efforts by law enforcement and Congress,” McConnell said.

The bill could come up for a vote in the next week, but its future is unclear as Senate Republican support seems to have waned following McConnell and McCarthy’s remarks. McCarthy’s opposition to further investigation has some Democrats raising eyebrows, as McCarthy is known to have had a personal phone call with former president Donald Trump as the insurrection was taking place. Nancy Pelosi has indicated her belief that some GOP members of congress may have personal reasons for opposing further investigation. When she was asked by reporters what Republicans have to fear from such a commission, she answered,  “I don’t know. You’d have to ask them what they’re afraid of. It sounds like they’re afraid of the truth, and that’s most unfortunate.”





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