Democratic lawmakers hoping to launch multiple investigations into the Jan 6th Capitol riot that led to members of the Senate and House from both parties fearing for their lives, are seeing their efforts to proceed thwarted by Republicans who fear the wrath of Donald Trump who still wields considerable influence with GOP voters.
According to a report from the Washington Post's Karoun Demirjian, "Congress's pursuit of an independent investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection is facing long odds, as bipartisan resolve to hold the perpetrators and instigators accountable erodes, and Republicans face sustained pressure to disavow that it was supporters of former president Donald Trump who attacked the U.S. Capitol."
The report notes that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has drafted a proposal for a commission but it has received pushback from Republicans because it is "... too narrow in scope and too heavily weighted toward Democrats in composition."
By "scope," the report notes, Republicans want the commission to also look into antifa, a movement that had no part in the Capitol riot that followed a rightwing "Stop the Steal" rally where Donald Trump addressed the crowd.
"Initial negotiations aimed at establishing an independent commission in the style of the panel that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks ran aground earlier this year after Republican leaders insisted that it scrutinize left-wing extremism — including the amorphous Antifaa movement that Trump and other conservatives have blamed for fomenting violence in D.C. and other cities — alongside the far-right and white nationalist groups suspected of having planned or encouraged the mayhem," the Post is reporting. "Democrats resisted, accusing the GOP of trying to distract the public from the fact that extremist groups in the Republican base were responsible for the riot."
What also worries Republicans is how Donald Trump will react to disclosures during the investigation which could lead to the former president,who could be implicated, into lashing out at his own party for not squashing the commission -- particularly if findings come out just prior to the 2022 midterms.
Noting the delay in setting up the congressional 9/11 commission, the Post report adds, "Congress would not set up an independent Jan. 6 commission until next spring, when the 2022 midterm elections season will be heading into primaries where Trump has pledged to play a selective, but active, campaigning role. That alone threatens the prospects for achieving the compromise Pelosi has called for."
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In an interview with The Atlantic, former Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) indicated he'd consider running against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) when he's up for reelection in 2024.
Speaking to Emma Green, Hurd explained that he's desperately trying to move the Republican Party back to a more moderate position.
Green referenced Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), once thought to be a moderate member of the party, who has now gone off the deep end.
"She was one of your allies in Congress—one of the moderates—but she's also been unabashedly pro-Trump and supported these claims about the 2020 election," said Green. "Do you think that in order to be successful in the Republican Party in 2021, young, rising-all-star Republicans ultimately have to be loyal to the Trump brand?"I don't think that needs to be the case. The way you win is to have clear values and have your actions reflect that, and to talk about those issues. But guess what? There's more than one way to win."
Hurd said that his hope is that the GOP can become popular because they have policy ideas, something rejected now as Republicans opt instead for the culture war.
It "requires two strong parties," said Hurd. "And despite what you see on cable news and on social media, people want us to be able to disagree without being disagreeable. We're going to be more successful in putting our country in a position to continue to uplift humanity for the next 250 years if we focus on those things that unite us."
Green then asked if he plans on running for Cruz's seat or for president. Hurd played coy but admitted that if there's an opportunity, he would consider it.
"If an opportunity to serve my country presents itself, I'll evaluate that. But right now I'm focused on the various aspects of my life. I'm involved with technology and national security and public policy," he said.
Senator Mitt Romney is the latest Republican to come to the aid of House Republican Caucus Chair Liz Cheney, targeted for expulsion for declaring a simple fact: Donald Trump lost re-election in November.
Expelling Liz Cheney from leadership won't gain the GOP one additional voter, but it will cost us quite a few.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) May 10, 2021
Romney's warning Monday afternoon comes just after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy scheduled a vote for Wednesday to oust Cheney in a letter to "Friends." McCarthy was mercilessly mocked for claiming he embraces "free thought and debate," as The Washington Post's Dave Weigel notes:
"Unlike the left, we embrace free thought and debate," McCarthy says in a letter explaining why the party has to purge a member of the leadership team for too much free thought and debate. https://t.co/F30ndfVxoa
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) May 10, 2021
House Republicans at that time are expected to elect Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York to replace Cheney.
ABC News' Ben Siegel notes the far right wing Club for Growth rates Cheney much more conservative than Stefanik and about on par with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is hated by Republicans. But as one House Republican said Sunday, the only thing that matters to the GOP is taking back the House.
.@club4growth voting scorecard in the 116th Congress:
Rep. Liz Cheney: 65% Rep. Elise Stefanik: 40% Rep. Ilhan Omar: 38%https://t.co/Pij1oQ5Ps5 — Ben Siegel (@bensiegel) May 10, 2021
Supporters of the effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom have entered into "phase 2" of the campaign. ABC 7 reports that it has obtained a document that outlines how "Rescue California" plans to remove Newsom.
Among the strategies that will be utilized to oust Newsom will be to create a "Volunteer Citizens Brigade" that will identify potential supporters, "ballot harvest" Republican votes, and target Latino, APPI and Independent voters, according to ABC 7. The effort will also launch a "Recall CARE FOR KIDS" drive to hand out backpacks and school supplies to neighborhoods where schools were most impacted by the closures due to the pandemic.
"While the candidates will necessarily spend millions promoting themselves, Rescue California will be the united campaign effort to secure the YES vote in favor of the Recall," the document states.
So far, the petition to recall Newsom has garnered 1.719 million verified signatures — 225,000 more than the amount needed.
A recall vote will likely be held this fall.
Read the full document here.
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