Shame on the Republican Party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they are afraid of Donald Trump. — Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader
Shame on the Republican Party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they are afraid of Donald Trump. — Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader
Senate Republicans Filibuster Jan. 6 Inquiry Bill, Blocking an Investigation
The vote killed the best chance for an independent accounting of the deadly Capitol attack, which Republicans feared would damage them politically.

Republican senators blocked the creation of a commission to investigate the Capitol riot, dooming the best chance for an independent inquiry on the attack. Only six G.O.P. senators joined Democrats to support advancing the measure as Republicans used their filibuster power in the Senate for the first time this year.

Top Republicans had entertained supporting the measure as recently as last week. But the vast majority of Republicans were determined to shield their party from potential political damage that could come from scrutiny of the storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

... Some Republicans expressed disgust with their own party for blocking it, saying that they had put politics over the finding of what promised to be a grim set of facts.

... “Do my Republican colleagues remember that day?” Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, asked moments after the vote. “Do my Republican colleagues remember the savage mob calling for the execution of Mike Pence, the makeshift gallows outside the Capitol?”

“Shame on the Republican Party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they are afraid of Donald Trump,” he added.


Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, said that “the additional extraneous commission” would not “uncover crucial new facts or promote healing,” adding, “I do not believe it is even designed to do that.”

... Democrats denounced the vote and warned Republicans that preventing an independent inquiry would not shield them from confronting the implications of Mr. Trump’s attacks on the democratic process.

... The six Republican senators who voted to advance debate on the commission included Ms. Collins, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ms. Murkowski, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. All but Mr. Portman had voted at an impeachment trial in February to find Mr. Trump guilty of inciting the insurrection.

A seventh Republican, Senator Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, missed the vote — one of 11 senators to do so — but said he would have voted to advance debate on the commission.


Mr. Cassidy argued his party was also making a strategic mistake in blocking the commission, giving Democrats reason to pursue partisan investigations of what happened on Jan. 6 “with or without Republicans.”

“To ensure the investigations are fair, impartial and focused on the facts, Republicans need to be involved,” he said.

... “It’s very disturbing that anyone would not want to support this,” said Sandra Garza, Officer Sicknick’s girlfriend. “Why would they not want to get to the bottom of such horrific violence?”
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/us/politics/capitol-riot-commission-republicans.html