Bipartisan Commission to look into Jan 6 riot faces opposition by McCarthy

On Wednesday, the House is set to vote on a legislation to set up a bipartisan commission to look into the attack on the Capitol, when Congress was in session on January 6. However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy argued against it. He says that there are already enough investigations looking into the riot and the commission should be broadened to include other violent instances.


On Friday, a compromise was announced on the legislation by the top Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) and Republican John Katko, (R-N.Y.) on the House Homeland Security Committee. They reached a guideline deal for the panel and said that it would be modeled in a similar manner to the 9/11 commission.


Many news agencies and analysts say that Kevin McCarthy is opposing the legislation as he wants to remain in the good books of former Donald Trump, who has been the alleged instigator of the riot. McCarthy is looking for support from him in case the Republicans turn the House during the mid-terms in 2022. He would like to be the House Speaker in such a scenario and thinks that he needs support from Trump to get the position.


During the riot, according to a statement by Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, (R-Wash.), McCarthy told Trump to ask his supporters to stop rioting and Trump had allegedly questioned his loyalty by saying that those pro-Trump supporters who created mayhem at the Capitol were more upset than him (McCarthy) by the election result. McCarthy has also visited Trump in his Mar-a-Lago home, in Palm Beach, Florida after the January 6 riot.


However, House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali) said that the vote will move forward on Tuesday. She told NBC News that it was disappointing but not surprising that some of the Republicans did not want to find the truth.


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