In a move that surprised absolutely nobody, Donald Trump demanded Tuesday night that Congress abandon the debate over launching a non-partisan commission to compile a comprehensive investigation into the insurrection of January 6th.
Trump’s angry response to Democratic efforts to discover the truth behind the circumstances that led to the deadly invasion of the Capitol Building appeared in a post on the ex-president’s blog, his primary outlet for his demented ravings since he was banned from most major social media platforms for his lies about his landslide election loss to Joe Biden and his misinformation about the COVID-19 virus.
It doesn’t take much cognitive power to understand why Trump is opposed to a thorough probe of the genesis of the violence that emerged from the “Stop the Steal” rally on that fateful day that was organized by a bevy of right-wing extremist supporters of the president and some of his former campaign staff.
There is simply no good that can come Trump’s way from determining what happened during the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that enabled the “trial by combat” that the former president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani called for during the rally.
Trump’s rant was posted shortly after the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus came out in favor of approving the formation of an independent investigatory commission to delve into the insurrection.
With the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives likely to approve the establishment of the panel, the fate of the commission now lies squarely in the hands of the U.S. Senate where Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) — after initially signaling potential openness to the idea — came out this morning and expressed his opposition to the commission.
“After careful consideration. I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January the 6th,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
With Democrats holding only a razor-thin majority in the Senate, the ultimate fate of the commission — and the scandalous details of sedition that are likely to emerge from its investigation — are in the hands of a few moderate Republicans like Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski(R-AK), Susan Collins(R-ME), and potentially up to four others.
The Democrats will also have to ensure that their two most recalcitrant Senators — Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) — are also on board with the creation of an independent commission with the power to investigate many of their colleagues.
It’s only natural for Trump, McConnell, and other Republicans who stand to face embarrassing — and potentially criminal — revelations from the proposed committee’s findings to scream loudly in opposition to its existence.
Democrats, however, must not let the commission die in Congress.
It is essential for the continuation of our democracy to fully investigate the origins of the insurrection and hold its plotters and participants accountable, from those that stormed the Capitol and assaulted the security forces to those who pulled their puppet strings from afar, safe in their luxury Trump International Hotel suites.
Call your elected representatives and demand the accountability that America deserves.
Original reporting by Olafimihan Oshin at The Hill.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.