Republicans will conduct their own investigation
into the Jan. 6 riot at the United States
Capitol after House
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.) refused to cooperate with a bipartisan investigation that is set to begin next week.
McCarthy stated that Republicans would boycott the select committee
investigation in favor of their own after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) rejected two of his five appointees and asked him to name replacements.
“Pelosi has shattered this institution,” McCarthy said, adding that the panel has “lost all legitimacy and credibility.”
He avoided answering a question about whether Republicans would investigate former President Donald Trump
's role in the events of the day.
“We will investigate everything that contributed to this location not being protected,” McCarthy said.
Pelosi only moved to establish the select committee after McCarthy refused to support an investigation commission
comprised of outside experts appointed equally by Republicans and Democrats
, and Senate
Republicans eventually blocked the bill that would have established the commission.
Because Pelosi appointed seven Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney
(R-Wyo. ), the select committee will remain bipartisan.
McCarthy stated that his committee, which will be entirely Republican, will answer two main questions: why was the Capitol so ill-prepared for the attack
on Jan. 6, despite advance warnings, and what should be done to ensure that such an attack does not occur again.
It's a clear attempt to delegitimize scrutiny of Trump, who instigated the Jan. 6 attack on Congress
about election fraud
and claims that Congress could somehow retain power after the results were certified that day.
Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jim Jordan
(R-Ohio), the two members Pelosi rejected from the select committee, claimed this week that Democrats have “ignored” questions about why the Capitol was so vulnerable to attack because they are afraid of the answers, as if Democrats were somehow to blame for the police being unprepared.
A bipartisan investigation by two Senate committees focused solely on the Capitol security
failure, blaming intelligence agencies for failing to share information about the impending attack, a clumsy Capitol Police
leadership structure, and a failure to train officers in dealing with a riot situation, among other things.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md. ), a member of the select committee, said he's not sure what Republicans mean when they say Democrats are afraid of the truth about that day.
“We pushed for an independent 9/11-style commission with no elected officials on it, with equal subpoena power, and the Republicans
blocked it,” Raskin told Stardia.