With “yes” votes from no less than 35 House Republicans, Congress’ lower chamber passed a bill Wednesday that would create a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Known as H.R. 3233, the measure was backed by all Democrats in the House and nearly three dozen GOP members, Breitbart reported. Records from the House Clerk show that all 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump for a second time also voted in favor of establishing the 9/11-style commission.
Trump was ultimately acquitted by the Senate for what Democrats described as inciting an insurrection at the Capitol, according to The New York Times. The unrest left at least five dead and remains a point of contention in Washington even five months later.
A “marred” process
Among the Republican House members to vote in favor of forming the commission to probe the unrest were Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger and former GOP House Conference Chair Liz Cheney. Cheney was recently ousted from her position as the No. 3 Republican in the House, ostensibly over her opposition to Trump.
However, most House Republicans followed in the footsteps of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and voted against H.R. 3233, which McCarthy described as an effort by Dems to distract from more pressing problems facing the nation.
“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,” he explained in a Tuesday statement.
“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,” McCarthy added.
He went on: “This partisan legislation was designed to distract the American people from the unprecedented crisis at our border, Joe Biden’s wasteful tax-and-spend policies, and the fact Democrats would rather defend radical Islamic terrorists in Palestine than support our allies in Israel.”
“Find the truth”
For her part, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called opposition to the bill by McCarthy and other Republicans “disappointing” and condemned it as an example of “cowardice.”
“It’s disappointing, but not surprising, that the cowardice on the part of some on the Republican side — not to want to find the truth,” she said, according to Politico.
Yet although Democrats like Pelosi have frequently pointed to the unrest on Capitol Hill as an example of politically motivated violence, they seem far less concerned about the lives affected by demonstrators who took to the streets last summer in protest of purported police brutality.
According to reports, more than 400 individuals have been criminally charged thus far for their alleged roles in the events that transpired at the Capitol last January.