This GOP congressman tears apart the excuses his Republican colleagues used to oppose the 1/6 commission

Rep. John Katko


On May 11, Democratic Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi announced that an agreement for a bipartisan commission on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building had been reached with Republican Rep. John Katko of New York State. But despite the key role that Katko, a conservative, played in the agreement, many Republicans in Congress have been coming out against it — including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. CNN's John Berman discussed this development on the morning show "New Day" this week, stressing that even when a bipartisan agreement is reached, most Republicans don't want a real 9/11-style commission on the January 6 insurrection.

Berman, who co-hosts "New Day" with CNN's Brianna Keilar, noted that the proposed commission was "part of a bipartisan deal negotiated by Republican Congressman John Katko, who reached the agreement based on specific requests from Leader Kevin McCarthy." Katko, Berman observed, "won concessions from Democrats on nearly all the points" — and said of the agreement, "This is about facts. It's not partisan. We would have never gotten to this point if it was about partisan politics."

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