Saturday, May 22, 2021

Why Republicans fear a Jan 6 commission

We all know, I think, that the Trumpublicans are piling on and voting against the Jan 6 Commission. As I (and others) have mentioned, they really don’t want to know what went down in the Jan 6 insurrection. You see, they already know what is there to be found. For example, after inciting the riot, what did Trump know and when did he know it, and more importantly, what did Trump do? Moreover, they cannot be trusted. Consider what Max Boot describes:

… The stated reasons for the GOP opposition to a 1/6 Commission are incoherent and implausible. Both Republican leaders denounced the commission as a partisan Democratic plot …

This will play well on Fox “News” but, like much of what the right says these days, it simply isn’t so. The bill to establish a January 6 commission was negotiated in good faith between Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and the ranking Republican member, Rep. John Katko (N.Y.).

McCarthy OK’d this plan and then reneged.

Last week, it was the ouster of Liz Cheney (Wyo.) from the No. 3 spot in Republican House leadership because she refused to go along with the “big lie” that the election was stolen from former president Donald Trump. This week, it’s the decisions of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to oppose the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

If that bill was not dead enough in the House, it will certainly die in the Senate.

So …

Why Republican opposition to a Jan. 6 commission could be a blessing in disguise writes Max Boot in the Washington Post.

The Republican refusal to agree to the bipartisan 1/6 Commission bill could actually be a blessing in disguise. It will free Pelosi to set up a January 6 Select Committee in which Democrats will be more firmly in charge — as Republicans were on the Benghazi committee. The Benghazi investigation was a political stunt, but this investigation is deadly serious. We must get a full accounting of the events of Jan. 6 despite Republican attempts to bury the truth. If we do, Republicans may come to regret their opposition to the bipartisan 1/6 Commission.

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