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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'You failed, Kevin': GOPer McCarthy mocked for last-ditch attempt to undermine Capitol riot committee after Kinzinger addition
Hours after Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) issued a statement saying he has accepted an appointment to sit on the House select committee investigating the Jan 6th Capitol riot that sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) issued his own statement condemning the investigation without acknowledging that two Republicans will be participating.
According to McCarthy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) "has structured the select committee to satisfy her political objectives—which destroys its credibility."
In a tweet accompanying his statement, he added, "The US Capitol and all who protect it suffered a massive leadership failure. Republicans will focus on ensuring that never happens again."
McCarthy's tweet was immediately swamped by comments from critics telling him he lost in his efforts to keep any Republicans off the committee and reminding him of his complicity, with one person writing "Blood on your hands."
You can see some comments below:
@GOPLeader By denying what happened and who was responsible? Always a good start kev— Charlotte O (@Charlotte O) 1627235471.0
@GOPLeader @SpeakerPelosi won’t allow insurrectionist on #January6thCommittee just like Osama bin Laden wants on 9/11 committee.— Denise Wu (@Denise Wu) 1627235418.0
@GOPLeader If GOP really wanted to ensure it never happens again, you’d stop feeding TFG’s lies, speak clearly abou… https://t.co/CBq8Cy7Eij— Jess P. 😷 (@Jess P. 😷) 1627236632.0
@GOPLeader You're the epitome of a traitor to this country & to the constitution you took an oath to uphold & defen… https://t.co/1KWb0Jwh1u— A. Perez (@A. Perez) 1627236219.0
@GOPLeader Actually the select committee was modeled on the committee that investigated Benghazi. You didn’t have a… https://t.co/EcsCVn0Hbf— Lisa Zupke (@Lisa Zupke) 1627235511.0
@GOPLeader You failed Kevin, you had been offered everything you wanted in a committee to investigate 1/6 and you s… https://t.co/Mm8YKlFb5P— Brenda Lee 😷 (@Brenda Lee 😷) 1627235434.0
@GOPLeader Your statement has no credibility. This is the evidence of that👇 https://t.co/RXliMJymEw— David Kaufman (@David Kaufman) 1627235472.0
@GOPLeader YOUR AND TRUMP'S MAGA's beat police officers. Officer SIcknick died and others had severe injuries. YOU… https://t.co/AGh6BmYRnJ— jeannie millar (@jeannie millar) 1627235502.0
Responding to a multitude of unfounded claims made by former president Donald Trump in his speech in Arizona late Saturday, the Associated Press singled out two whoppers told by the one-term president about the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa Count that were patently false.
With a CNN analysis calling Trump's speech "incoherent," AP's Jonathan Cooper and Calvin Woodward went farther and busted Trump for outright lying to his supporters.
According to the AP report, Trump addressed the controversial audit and claimed, "Unbelievably, the auditors have testified that the master database for the election management system, I'm sorry to tell you, has been deleted.... Meaning the main database for all of the election-related data in Maricopa for 2020 has been illegally erased. It's been erased."
"Wholly false. The database was never deleted," the AP report states before adding, "At first, auditors hired by Republican state senators sympathetic to Trump reported that a database directory was deleted from an election management server. The official Twitter account tied to the audit said the deletion amounted to 'spoliation of evidence.'"
Cooper and Woodward elaborated, "The Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors responded by calling the auditors incompetent and threatening to file a defamation lawsuit. Board Chairman Jack Sellers said the auditors 'can't find the files because they don't know what they're doing.' Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican who took over the elections office after defeating a Democrat, called the allegation 'unhinged,'" with AP noting that tweet was deleted before Trump spoke.
Trump's second claim, "There were 18,000 people who voted in Arizona in 2020 who were then purged from the rolls immediately after the election," got a blunt "This didn't happen" from AP.
The report explained, "His insinuation that people were stricken from the rolls because they voted for him is baseless," before adding, "Actually, 13,320 voters were removed from the rolls in the two months after the election, not 18,000 right away, and there were routine reasons why. Voting rolls are updated constantly as people move, die, get convicted of felonies or have their voting rights revoked because of incapacitation. Trump was repeating a claim made by Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, the inexperienced firm leading the state Senate Republicans' audit of the 2020 election."
The AP fact check added, "Maricopa County officials said their analysis of the data shows 7,916 voters were removed from the rolls because they moved out of the county or died between Nov. 3, which was Election Day, and Jan. 2."
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According to a statement from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), he has accepted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's invitation to sit on the House select committee investigating the Jan 6th Capitol riot.
Writing, "When duty calls, I will answer," the military veteran said he will be joining fellow Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on the committee after House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his choices following a dispute with Pelosi.
In his statement, the GOP lawmaker wrote, "Today, I was asked by the Speaker to serve on the Jan 6 Select Committee and I humbly accepted."
You can see Kinzinger's statement below:
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