The top Republican in the House has spoken out against a bipartisan commission
to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot
because the commission would not blame Black Lives Matter
for the attack
In a statement issued Tuesday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.) said the proposed commission “ignores the political violence that has struck American cities” and has a “shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America.”
The House is set to vote this week on legislation establishing the commission, which was negotiated by House Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and ranking member John Katko (R-N.Y.). The legislation is modeled after the bipartisan commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
McCarthy's problem is that the Republican Party
is deeply involved in the Capitol riot, which was instigated by former President Donald Trump
's lies about the 2020 presidential election
, lies that McCarthy and the majority of congressional Republicans
McCarthy and Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) initially opposed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
's (D-Calif.) commission proposal because it would have included more Democratic than Republican appointees, but Pelosi agreed to an even party split weeks ago.
If Republicans truly believed that last year's Black Lives Matter protests had something to do with the Capitol attack, they would support the commission, because the Thompson-Katko bill requires investigators to look into security failures "as well as the influencing factors that fomented such attack."
McCarthy, on the other hand, has already backed away from the truth. In the days following the insurgency, he acknowledged Trump "bears
responsibility" for what happened, but then reversed his position, claiming Trump did not, in fact, provoke the attack.