WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Greg Pence
(R-Ind.) said Thursday that he voted against forming a commission
to investigate the Jan. 6 attack
on the United States Capitol because he believed it would lead to another impeachment
of Donald Trump
and had nothing to do with his feelings for his brother, the former vice president.
“I think the entire thing is to spend the summer impeaching, again, Donald Trump,” he told Stardia on Thursday. “That’s all we’re doing. It’s a dog-and-pony show.... It’s another impeachment.”
Pence voted against bipartisan legislation on Wednesday that would have established an independent commission to investigate the causes of the deadly attack and make recommendations to ensure that something like this does not happen again.
Former Vice President Mike Pence
, Pence's brother, was at the center of the crowd's rage that day, as the mob marched to the Capitol, propelled by Trump's criticism of his vice president, to prevent Congress
from certifying Joe Biden
as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
Some Trump supporters
were heard chanting "hang Mike Pence" and suggesting that he be executed by hanging as a traitor.
The congressman praised his brother for doing his job and presided over the certification of 2020 election
results, and he claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) wasn't up to the task.
“Nancy Pelosi said we couldn’t come back for two or three days,” Pence said, adding, “he said as soon as the Capitol Police
, the heroes
, clear the building, I’m givingling back in.”
Pence's remark seemed to irritate Pelosi.
“I was a force for coming back from the beginning, and I was glad that it was bipartisan, that we all agreed to come back,” she told reporters Thursday. “He knows not of what he speaks, and he can ask his brother if he wants any information.”
The commission was approved by the House on Wednesday, with 35 Republicans
in support. It now goes to the Senate
for a vote, though Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) has spoken out against it, and GOP
senators who previously expressed support are now indicating they may oppose it as well.
The commission would be modeled after the bipartisan 9/11 commission, with five members appointed by Republicans and five by Democrats, and a final report due to the White House
and Congress by the end of the year. The family of Capitol Police Officer Howie Liebengood, who committed suicide
after the attack, supports the commission, as do some Capitol Police officers.