On Tuesday evening, former President Donald Trump took to his blog to rail against the proposed Jan. 6 Commission as a "Democrat trap" — and demand that Republicans block it from being enacted.
"Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission," wrote Trump. "It is just more partisan unfairness and unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately. Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!"
The commission, the product of extensive bipartisan talks and negotiations, would be tasked with investigating the circumstances surrounding the violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) threw a monkey wrench in at the last minute by announcing his opposition to the panel. There remain Republican supporters in both chambers, but it is unclear whether it will have the votes to pass the Senate once it clears the House.
Calling it the Jan. 6 Commission, Trump essentially admits that the investigation shouldn't be about any other dates than Jan. 6. No other events targeted a U.S. federal building or federally elected officials.
Trump DOJ's targeting of anti-Devin Nunes accounts grew out of threats against Mitch McConnell: report
This week, reports revealed that prosecutors working for former President Donald Trump's Justice Department sought to unmask the identity of @NunesAlt, a Twitter account that posted satirical content making fun of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
But that was not the whole story. According to CNN, the unmasking attempt grew out of an investigation into threats against then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
"The discovery almost immediately prompted critics of the Justice Department to question if prosecutors were overstepping to pursue politically motivated complaints, especially at the end of the Trump administration," reported Katelyn Polantz and Evan Perez. "But, according to a person familiar, the @NunesAlt request grew out of a US Capitol Police investigation regarding threats made toward Republican Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell. As part of the probe, investigators sought out information about several online accounts, the source told CNN."
"Twitter, in its fight to keep the user's information secret, suggested the subpoena may be part of a government attempt — from either Nunes, a California Republican, or the Justice Department — to unmask Nunes' critics and chill their speech," continued the report. "A week after Twitter protested to a federal judge in March, the Justice Department withdrew the @NunesAlt grand jury subpoena, according to another court filing released on Tuesday, effectively dropping the pursuit through the social media behemoth."
Nunes, the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee and an ally of the former Trump administration, has frequently used the courts to attempt to intimidate critics.
Earlier Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he was "open" to the ideas of the Jan. 6 Commission to investigate what went wrong when the Capitol was attacked and how to fix those security issues. It turns out it was a lie.
Axios reported Tuesday night that behind closed doors, McConnell said he can't support the commission "in its current form." The same form that Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Rep. John Katko (R-NY) helped craft with Democrats.
Axios paraphrased what McConnell said, "There's 41 of us who could change this, and I think we should." Another source confirmed the sentiment of what McConnell said.
Katko reportedly complained that McCarthy threw him under the bus after working to negotiate what Republicans asked for.
🚨🚨Under the bus goes @RepJohnKatko as we indicated yesterday, @GOPLeader comes out against Jan 6 commission St… https://t.co/MX8R3bCUHu— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman)1621342161.0
The longer Republicans wait to launch the Jan. 6 Commission, the closer it gets to the 2022 election.
Punchbowl News reported that many Republicans didn't oppose the commission because the leadership didn't give them a good reason to. Axios reported that Many Republicans are wary and want to move the focus of the Jan. 6 Commission to everything but the Jan. 6 attack.
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