House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others in her party have made it clear that they support the formation of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
As such, she harshly denounced House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after he announced that he was not on board with such a proposal.
“Not the end result”
According to Breitbart, McCarthy announced his position in a statement on Tuesday.
“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 said.
McCarthy declared that “political misdirections” were being used by Democrats, noting that “the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America” has contributed to his decision to oppose the legislation.
The announcement drew a sharp rebuke from Pelosi, as reported by Politico.
“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 during a subsequent MSNBC appearance.
“Hard to take Kevin McCarthy seriously”
Others in her party’s leadership, including House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), have similarly denounced the top House Republican.
“It’s hard to take Kevin McCarthy seriously at this point,” the New York Democrat said. “I don’t know what Kevin McCarthy is afraid of.”
After the minority leader signaled his opposition, the commission is expected to pass in the Democratic-led House by a slim margin and faces an even more uncertain future in the evenly divided Senate.
For his part, McCarthy is interested in examining lawlessness outside of the strict confines of the Capitol Hill riot in January. He has mentioned often violent and destructive protests in multiple cities following the death of George Floyd last year as worthy of an investigation by such a commission.
Among prominent progressives, however, few have unconditionally condemned the civil unrest stemming from that incident in Minnesota. In fact, Vice President Kamala Harris attracted criticism as a candidate last year for soliciting donations to a bail fund aimed at assisting those arrested at related riots, including one man who was bailed out twice and has since incurred multiple criminal charges.