The House Homeland Security Committee has finally agreed upon a bipartisan commission to study the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) made the official announcement and Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) soon after stated that the proposal could hit the floor next week for a vote.
Pelosi has been trying to get this commission through for months, and now there are some worries that the commission, while bipartisan, will not have the focus needed to truly address the root cause of the riot.
The 1/6 Commission
The new commission is supposed to be modeled after the 9/11 commission, which looked at the attack in every way possible.
Pelosi has been adamant she only wants this commission to focus on that specific day, which is genuinely concerning to Republican leadership.
We all know comments and actions by Democrats were all part of bringing this pot to a boil, which is exactly why Pelosi wants to keep the scope extremely limited.
House Minority Leader McCarthy (R-CA) has not given the commission a thumbs up yet, stating that he had not yet read all the way through the proposal as well as it being “very concerning” that the commission is not turned into a political hit job.
On a similar front, two House members have requested more information about the pending cases for those arrested because of the Capitol riot.
Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) penned a letter to Attorney General Garland stating, “According to reports, more than 400 individuals have been charged with violations of federal law in connections with the Capitol events but we in Congress have little information about how the Department of Justice is handling these cases.
“Those that damaged property and assaulted police officers on January 6th should rightfully face justice. However, the public outcry and hyperpoliticization of the events on January 6th may incentivize prosecutors to use overly aggressive tactics, overcharge, and the abuse of power of the federal government in order to satisfy favored political groups.”
I will absolutely keep an eye on both issues, but specifically the commission to see if it turns into just another weapon to go after Trump or it truly looks at how we got to the point of our Capitol being breached by protesters.
Source: Fox News