GOP legislators just defeated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) plans to create a unilaterally Democrat-controlled commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol riots, ensuring that Pelosi will not be able to use the probe as her personal attack-dog against Trump supporters.
Pelosi broke down agreed this week to include Republicans on the commission to investigate the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, but the scope of the investigation remains in negotiation.
The original plans for the commission proposed only Democrat of the members on the panel would have subpoena power, a move Republicans refused.
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) argued that to gain the public’s confidence in the findings, equal representation must be shared by both parties.
“This time however Speaker Pelosi started by proposing a commission that would be partisan by design—seven appointments for Democrats, just four for Republicans,” McConnell noted.
“The 9/11 Commission also built consensus by requiring bipartisan support for subpoenas. The speaker’s bill would vest subpoena power in one appointee chosen by the Democrats,” McConnell added.
The panel will now include an equal representation of both parties. The focus now shifts to the scope of the investigation.
Republicans want to investigate the larger scope of events leading to the Jan. 6 riot. Democrats claim the commission should focus on the single day’s events.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) noted he has not yet heard from Pelosi. He stated Thursday in a news conference “she’s going to have to talk with us instead of saying she’s talking to some Republicans.”