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House GOP leader concocts preposterous excuse for opposing the Jan 6th. commission

House GOP leader concocts preposterous excuse for opposing the Jan 6th. commission

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On Tuesday morning, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that he would be formally opposing the creation of a special Congressional bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th assault on the Capitol by a mob of rabid Trump fans. Given the recent interparty fight over loyalty to Donald Trump and the ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney from her position as caucus chairman over her refusal to accept the disgraced ex-president’s false version of history, it is unsurprising that McCarthy would not favor a probe into how the president and his allies incited a mob that invaded the Capitol building.

But his refusal does highlight once again the complete futility of pursuing bipartisan politics with a Republican Party that has no intention of ever working in good faith with their counterparts across the aisle. In his statement this morning, Rep. McCarthy complained that Speaker Pelosi had “refused to negotiate in good faith,” even though she had agreed to practically all their demands. 

“For months, the Speaker of the House refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters that would govern a commission to examine the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. During this time, the Speaker even falsely claimed in the press that she had delivered Republicans a counterproposal, when in reality her proposal would not surface until weeks later. To be clear, Republican requests for fair representation and an unbiased premise from which to begin such an investigation were always understood to be the starting point for bipartisan negotiations, not the end result.

Instead of being dominated by Democrats, the commission would be equally split between the two parties, the two parties would have shared subpoena power, and the commission’s report would be due by the end of the year. These changes likely would have gelded the commission entirely, since it is incredibly unlikely that any Trump-aligned Republican would authorize a subpoena into their fellow Trump-aligned Republicans, but Pelosi agreed to them anyway.

What she got in return was accusations of refusing to compromise and preposterous whataboutism. McCarthy’s statement went on to complain that the January 6th commission “ignores the political violence that has struck American cities,” which translated out of GOPspeak means “isn’t investigating Black Lives Matter.”

“Finally, the renewed focus by Democrats to now stand up an additional commission ignores the political violence that has struck American cities, a Republican Congressional baseball practice, and, most recently, the deadly attack on Capitol Police on April 2, 2021. The presence of this political violence in American society cannot be tolerated and it cannot be overlooked. I have communicated this to our Democrat colleagues for months and its omission is deeply concerning.

Why a commission created explicitly to investigate the events of January 6th would investigate anything not related to the events of January 6th is unclear; akin to complaining that the commission on the 9/11 terrorist attacks ignores the threat posed by the North Korean missile program. It is just another example of the stunning laziness and unseriousness of the modern Republican Party.

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They are utterly unwilling to engage in good faith on anything at all, even an incident that put their own Representatives directly in harm’s way. They are so consumed by partisan contrarianism that even when Democrats give them everything they want, they still spit on it and throw it back in our faces.

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They’re more concerned with placating the narcissistic ego of a demented Floridian blogger than they are with caring for the American people, and why we even bother engaging with them at all anymore is beyond comprehension.

Since they have made it clear they have no intention of behaving any way other than childish and disrespectful, then we should nuke the filibuster, add several states, pack the Supreme Court, and get down to the serious business of governing this country without them.

The full text of Rep. McCarthy’s statement: 

“For months, the Speaker of the House refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters that would govern a commission to examine the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. During this time, the Speaker even falsely claimed in the press that she had delivered Republicans a counterproposal, when in reality her proposal would not surface until weeks later. To be clear, Republican requests for fair representation and an unbiased premise from which to begin such an investigation were always understood to be the starting point for bipartisan negotiations, not the end result.

“While the Speaker has wasted time playing political games, numerous Congressional and intergovernmental agency efforts have picked up the slack. There are ongoing bipartisan investigations into all facets of the January 6 events occurring inside the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, as well as the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Additionally, the Office of the Architect of the Capitol has been allocated $10 million to conduct a full, apolitical review into ways to remedy any security vulnerabilities that exist in the Capitol complex.

“Most notably, the Department of Justice has announced 445 arrests in conjunction with the events of January 6, and expect 100 more arrests to follow. The Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate any and all crimes committed that day, and I fully support these individuals being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Unfortunately, the legislation being considered in the House this week is drafted in such a way that could interfere with and ultimately undermine these ongoing prosecutorial efforts – just one byproduct of a process that circumvents committee markup and is expected to come to the House Floor under a closed rule.

“Finally, the renewed focus by Democrats to now stand up an additional commission ignores the political violence that has struck American cities, a Republican Congressional baseball practice, and, most recently, the deadly attack on Capitol Police on April 2, 2021. The presence of this political violence in American society cannot be tolerated and it cannot be overlooked. I have communicated this to our Democrat colleagues for months and its omission is deeply concerning.

“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.”

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