January 6 Commission may not happen due to House Republicans: report

January 6 Commission may not happen due to House Republicans: report
Rep. Kevin McCarthy // PBS NewsHour

It's unclear if House Republicans are attempting to sabotage the Jan. 6 Commission investigation, but they've done it successfully, CNN reported Thursday.

Republicans are clashing with anyone brought before House committees to address the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) lashed out at Capitol security officials in closed-door meetings over the past several weeks, the report said. He also shouted down retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré in front of his team because they met over Zoom and spoke to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

McCarthy unleashed on acting sergeant at arms, Timothy Blodgett, because Blodgett didn't come to visit McCarthy until a few weeks after he was hired.

"He called him out in front of everyone," CNN cited one House Republican, who didn't want to be named.

The Republican tantrums have had the impact that some Republicans want, the Jan. 6 Commission to investigate the attack on the Capitol, has been stalled.

"Democratic sources tell CNN that they are preparing for the issue to drag out -- potentially for months -- until they get bipartisan support, which will be needed in order for legislation to create the investigatory body to be cleared by the Senate and become law," said the report.

Wednesday evening, House Republicans even refused to support giving the Congressional Gold Medal to Capitol Police, because they were miffed the honor referred to the Capitol attackers as "insurrectionists." Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), for example, floated a bill that would honor the officers without even mentioning the Jan. 6 attacks, despite the honors being awarded for their bravery on Jan. 6.

He claimed that the vote to honor the police "does not honor anyone, but rather seeks to drive a narrative that isn't substantiated by known facts."

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has tried to do the same last month in a radio interview in which he claimed none of the attackers of the Capitol were armed.

Republicans are demanding that the Jan. 6 Commission look at violence nationwide that happened in 2019. While Republicans were in power in the Senate they had an opportunity to hold hearings on the 2019 protests that turned violent. It was only after the Jan. 6 Commission was proposed that Republicans demanded an investigation into those. The reason that Democrats want a commission to examine the attack is that it was a federal building, on federal property, in the nation's capital.

This week, Pelosi said that she wants an outside commission to look into the attacks, similar to what was done with the 9/11 Commission. She said that she hopes the commission could "get to the truth of how the Jan. 6 assault happened" and reiterated that it should be bipartisan.

"Based on what she offered and what she's said before, I wouldn't be interested," McCarthy said.

One problem is the partisan bent of the commission. If retired Republican officials are on the commission, they're likely people who came out against Donald Trump, colloquially known as "Never Trumpers." So, if the commission came to any conclusions, Trump supporters could argue it was because the whole committee was against him and it was a "witch hunt."

"If you start with the premise that you only want it one-sided, you understand what the outcome is going to be," McCarthy said.

Pelosi maintains that the real argument is over the "scope" of the commission.

Read the full report at CNN.com.

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