House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is not giving up on her plans to probe the Jan. 6 “insurrection,” and this time, she’s dropping any pretense of bi-partisan goodwill.
As the Washington Examiner reported, the Speaker proceeded Monday with a proposal to set up a special, Democrat-controlled House select committee to probe the Capitol riot, after Senate Republicans previously rejected her calls for a 9/11-style investigation.
Pelosi calls for a new investigation
The new proposal is somehow even more nakedly partisan than the first effort, which at least garnered support from 35 Republicans. The new select committee would be dominated by Democrats — with eight Democrats and just five Republicans.
While Pelosi has offered to include a Republican on her side, many are likely doubting her goodwill after she declared Republicans “the enemy within” earlier this year, as CBS News reported.
Pelosi has continued to insist that an undefined “threat” endangers lawmakers, as Democrats and cable news pundits ramp up calls for a new “war on terror,” with many critics viewing it as an attempt to smear the political right.
Republicans balked at Pelosi’s ostensibly “bi-partisan” 9/11-style commission, which is seemingly an effort to keep America talking about Jan. 6 until the 2022 midterms, and they objected to her refusal to look at the destructive, left-wing riots that erupted last summer — the worst America has witnessed in decades.
Pelosi’s select committee explicitly reserves the power to keep investigating the tragic events of that day, indefinitely. But Democrats — never a group to waste a good tragedy — are crying, “look what you made us do,” as they move ahead with a second, more openly partisan effort, leaving even some Republicans who voted for Trump’s second impeachment to complain.
Rep. John Katko (R-NY) said he is “very disappointed” in Pelosi’s committee decision and compared it to the Republican-led Benghazi probe.
But some Republicans are fine with Pelosi’s measure, namely Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who echoed Democrats in accusing his own party of forcing Pelosi’s hand, as CBS News previously reported.
Kinzinger is seen as a top choice to be Pelosi’s token Republican, along with Liz Cheney (R-WY), another Trump critic who was ousted from House GOP leadership for banging on the “insurrection” drum.
“Senate Republicans did Mitch McConnell a ‘personal favor’ rather than their patriotic duty and voted against the bipartisan commission negotiated by Democrats and Republicans,” Pelosi said. “But Democrats are determined to find the truth.”
The House will take a vote on Pelosi’s revamped witch hunt on Wednesday.