House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Thursday that the House will form a select committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol breach, the best option left to Democrats after a vote to create a bipartisan commission failed last month.
“It is imperative that we seek the truth for what happened,” she said to reporters about the reason for the probe of an event that happened six months ago.
Democrats still want to know what President Donald Trump was doing during the breach, why he didn’t call off the rioters immediately, what he and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) said to each other, and what contact, if any, Republican members of Congress had with rioters.
“Many questions regarding the circumstances of this assault on our democracy, and the response to it, remain,” Pelosi said.
Bipartisan commission failed due to Democrat power grab
Some Republicans initially supported a bipartisan commission, but Democrats couldn’t resist structuring it so they had all the power, so they lost support from Republicans and had to go a different route.
Democrats have engaged in hyperbole to describe the events of January 6, when hundreds of protesters breached the Capitol building, skirmished with police, and committed minor acts of vandalism before being driven out a few hours later.
President Joe Biden even called the breach the “worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War,” which would mean it was worse than 9/11 and the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941, during which hundreds or thousands died. There have also been two bombings of the Capitol by the Weather Underground in 1971 and a Communist organization in 1983.
Media outlets repeated reports that five people died because of the violence, but in fact, the only life lost during the breach itself was a protester who was shot by Capitol police. Several other protesters and a Capitol police officer died of unrelated health conditions during and after the events, and two Capitol police later committed suicide days or weeks after the breach.
The acts did break the law, and hundreds of arrests have been made after looking at video footage of the breach.
The breach followed months of protests around the country following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police–protests that involved similar clashes with police, breaching private and public property, and vandalism worse than that of January 6, but few arrests and no hyperbolic condemnation by Democrats.
While it is admittedly unacceptable to break into the Capitol no matter what had happened previously, it should also be unacceptable to blame all Republicans for the actions of a few who may or may not be Republicans. Do all Democrats want to be blamed for the George Floyd protests?
The bottom line is, Democrats will seize on any excuse to condemn Republicans, and they will use the select committee as a cudgel to beat Republicans as much as they can over this unfortunate breach, both of the Capitol and of law and order itself, no matter how brief and quickly resolved it was.