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Republicans' Lies Fueled The Capitol Riot, And They Don't Want A Panel To Expose That.
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Republicans' Lies Fueled The Capitol Riot, And They Don't Want A Panel To Expose That.


When the House voted on Wednesday to establish an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, 175 Republicans voted no.

Why?
Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is the current Speaker of the House.

Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is the current Speaker of the House..) gave in on nearly all of the Republican Party's demands when drafting the legislation.

Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is the current Speaker of the House..) gave in on nearly all of the Republican Party's demands when drafting the legislation..The legislation is bipartisan (35 Republicans voted in favor of it).

Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is the current Speaker of the House..) gave in on nearly all of the Republican Party's demands when drafting the legislation..The legislation is bipartisan (35 Republicans voted in favor of it)..The commission would be bipartisan, with members drawn from both parties.

Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is the current Speaker of the House..) gave in on nearly all of the Republican Party's demands when drafting the legislation..The legislation is bipartisan (35 Republicans voted in favor of it)..The commission would be bipartisan, with members drawn from both parties..Its members would have had joint subpoena authority.

Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is the current Speaker of the House..) gave in on nearly all of the Republican Party's demands when drafting the legislation..The legislation is bipartisan (35 Republicans voted in favor of it)..The commission would be bipartisan, with members drawn from both parties..Its members would have had joint subpoena authority..Its final report would be due by the end of the year rather than in 2022, when Republicans preparing to run for reelection would prefer not to be discussing the time President Donald Trump incited an attack on the United States.

Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is the current Speaker of the House..) gave in on nearly all of the Republican Party's demands when drafting the legislation..The legislation is bipartisan (35 Republicans voted in favor of it)..The commission would be bipartisan, with members drawn from both parties..Its members would have had joint subpoena authority..Its final report would be due by the end of the year rather than in 2022, when Republicans preparing to run for reelection would prefer not to be discussing the time President Donald Trump incited an attack on the United States..a formalized paraphrase

Nancy Pelosi (D-California) is the current Speaker of the House..) gave in on nearly all of the Republican Party's demands when drafting the legislation..The legislation is bipartisan (35 Republicans voted in favor of it)..The commission would be bipartisan, with members drawn from both parties..Its members would have had joint subpoena authority..Its final report would be due by the end of the year rather than in 2022, when Republicans preparing to run for reelection would prefer not to be discussing the time President Donald Trump incited an attack on the United States..a formalized paraphrase.Five people were killed, hundreds of police officers were injured, and countless others were traumatized as a result of Republican-backed allegations that the election was rigged.

Some Republicans argued that an independent commission would duplicate ongoing congressional and criminal investigations, but the 9/11 commission, which served as a model for the proposed Jan. 6 commission, did the same.

Some have claimed that Democrats intend to use the commission to harass Trump, but it would be an independent, bipartisan panel with outside members, with the sole purpose of investigating what led to one of America's darkest days.

Some claimed there was no insurgency and that January 6 was simply a regular day of tourism, but this is nonsense.

The most obvious reason why so many Republicans voted against establishing an independent commission on Jan. 6 is that they are aware that they are complicit in what occurred that day.

It's one thing for Democrats to point out how Republicans repeated Trump's lie that the election was stolen from him, and how that lie caused so much damage and violence; it's quite another when a respected, bipartisan panel of outside investigators makes those same connections and makes them public.

Republicans are fully aware of this.

Republicans are also aware that they are in a strong position to retake control of the House in 2022, and an independent investigation into what sparked the insurgency could jeopardize their chances.

There is plenty of evidence that Republicans helped spread Trump's lie. They did it in press releases, political videos, public speeches in front of large crowds, tweets, and live television appearances.

And on Jan. 6, one of the most egregious attacks on democracy occurred right after the insurgency and requires no investigation: dozens of House and Senate Republicans voted to overturn the election based on that lie, just hours after a white supremacist mob of Trump supporters smashed their way into the Capitol with plans to kill Pelosi, Vice President Mike Pence, and others to stymie the insurgency.

It should come as no surprise, then, that nearly all of the same Republican lawmakers who voted to overturn the election also voted against establishing an independent commission to investigate the Capitol riot. Of the 139 House Republicans who voted in January to overturn the election based on a lie, 131 voted against establishing an independent commission to investigate the insurgency fueled by that lie on Wednesday.

The most visible names on the list are House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (La. ), and newly elected GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (N.Y.). All three have peddled Trump's lie. All three voted to overturn the election on Jan. 6. And all three tried to bury that reality on Wednesday.

For the record, here are the names of all House Republicans who voted against establishing an independent panel to investigate the Jan. 6 insurgency, after also voting in January to overturn the election on the same lie that fueled the insurgency in the first place.

Aderholt (Ala.) Robert Aderholt

Rick Allen (Georgia) is a member of the National Rifle Association.

Jodey Arrington (Texas) is a student at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Brian Babin (Texas) is a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

(Ind.) Jim Baird

Jim Banks (Indiana) is a businessman from the state of Indiana.

Mich.'s Jack Bergman

Arizona's Andy Biggs

North Carolina's Dan Bishop

Lauren Boebert (Colorado) is a state representative from Colorado.

Mike Bost (Illinois) is a member of the House of Representatives from Illinois.

Alabama's Mo Brooks

Ted Budd (North Carolina) is a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina.

Tennessee's Tim Burchett

Texas Representative Michael Burgess

Ken Calvert (California) is a politician from California.

Kat Cammack (Florida) is a writer who lives in the state of Florida.

Jerry Carl (Alabama) is a state representative from Alabama.

Buddy Carter (Georgia) is a musician and songwriter from the state of Georgia

Texas's John Carter

Cawthorn (North Carolina) Madison Cawthorn (North Carolina) Madison Cawthorn (North Carolina) Madison Caw

Ohio's Steve Chabot

Virginia's Ben Cline

(Texas) Michael Cloud

Georgia's Andrew Clyde

Oklahoman Tom Cole

Arkansas' Rick Crawford

Warren Davidson (Ohio) is a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio.

Tennessean Scott DesJarlais

Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart

Donalds, Byron (Florida)

S.C. Rep. Jeff Duncan

Florida's Neal Dunn

(Kansas) Ron Estes

Pat Fallon (Texas) is a member of the House of Representatives from Texas.

(Minnesota) Michelle Fischbach

Scott Fitzgerald (Wisconsin) is a writer who lives in Wisconsin.

Chuck Fleischmann (Tennessee) is a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives.

Virginia Foxx (North Carolina) is a state representative from the state of North Carolina.

Scott Franklin (Florida) is a state representative from Florida.

Idaho Representative Russ Fulcher

Matt Gaetz (FL) is a member of the House of Representatives from Florida.

Mike Garcia (California) is a state representative from California.

Bob Gibbs (Ohio) is a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio.

Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert

Bob Good (Virginia) is a state representative from the state of Virginia.

Texas' Lance Gooden

Arizona Representative Paul Gosar

Graves, Garret (La.)

(Mo.) Sam Graves

Tennessee's Mark Green

Greene, Marjorie Taylor (Ga.).

Morgan Griffith (Virginia) is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus

Minnesota's Jim Hagedorn

Andy Harris (MD) is a member of the House of Delegates from Maryland.

Diana Harshbarger (Tennessee) is a state legislator from Tennessee.

Vicky Hartzler (Mo.) is a writer from Missouri.

Oklahoma's Kevin Hern

New Mexico's Yvette Herrell

Georgia's Jody Hice

Clay Higgins (Louisiana) is a state senator from Louisiana.

North Carolina Representative Richard Hudson

California Rep. Darrell Issa

Texas' Ronny Jackson

Bill Johnson (Ohio) is a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio.

Mike Johnson (Louisiana) is a U.S. Representative from the state of Louisiana

Jim Jordan (Ohio) is a state representative from the state of Ohio.

Pennsylvania's John Joyce

Fred Keller (Pa.) is a member of the American Association of University Professors.

Mike Kelly (Pa.) is a member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Miss Trent Kelly (Miss.)

David Kustoff (Tennessee) is a state representative from Tennessee.

Doug LaMalfa (California) is a state representative from California.

Doug Lamborn (Colorado) is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

(Kansas) Jake LaTurner

Debbie Lesko (Ariz.) is a U.S. Representative from the state of Arizona.

(Mo.) Billy Long

Barry Loudermilk (Ga.) is a state representative from Georgia.

Frank Lucas (Oklahoma) is a member of the National Rifle Association.

Luetkemeyer, Blaine (Mo.)

Nicole Malliotakis (New York) is a state representative from New York.

Tracey Mann (Kan.) is a politician from Kansas.

Brian Mast (Florida) is a U.S. Representative from the state of Florida.

Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is the leader of the House Minority.

(Michigan) Lisa McClain

Daniel Meuser (Pa.) is a state representative from Pennsylvania.

Carol Miller (West Virginia) is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

(Ill.) Mary Miller

W.Va.'s Alex Mooney

Barry Moore (Alabama) is a state representative from Alabama.

Oklahoma native Markwayne Mullin

Greg Murphy (North Carolina) is a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina.

Texas's Troy Nehls

Ralph Norman (South Carolina) is a U.S. Representative from the state of South Carolina.

Devin Nunes (Calif.) is a member of the House of Representatives from California.

Californian Jay Obernolte

Utah Representative Burgess Owens

(Miss.) Steven Palazzo

Gary Palmer (Alabama) is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Ind. Gov. Greg Pence

Scott Perry (Pa.) is a member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Texas's August Pfluger

Florida's Bill Posey

Guy Reschenthaler (Pa.) is a businessman from Pennsylvania.

Harold Rogers (Kentucky) is a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Mike Rogers (Alabama) is a U.S. Representative from the state of Alabama.

Tennessee Senator John Rose

Mont.'s Matthew Rosendale

North Carolina Representative David Rouzer

Florida Representative John Rutherford

Steve Scalise (La.) is House Minority Whip.

Arizona Representative David Schweikert

Pete Sessions (Texas) is a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

Adrian Smith (Nebraska) is a member of the National Football League.

Jason Smith (Mo.) is a student at the University of Missouri.

Smucker's (Pa.) Lloyd Smucker

Elise Stefanik (R-NY) of the House Republican Conference

Gregory Steube (Florida) is a state representative from Florida.

Chris Stewart (Utah) is a member of the National Football League.

(Wisconsin) Thomas Tiffany

Glenn Thompson (Pennsylvania) is a state representative from Pennsylvania.

S.C. Representative William Timmons

New Jersey's Jeff Van Drew

Texas's Beth Van Duyne

Tim Walberg (Michigan) is a songwriter from the state of Michigan.

Jackie Walorski (Indiana) is a native of Indiana.

Randy Weber (Texas) is a U.S. Representative from Texas.

Roger Williams (Texas) is a member of the Texas House of Representatives.

Joe Wilson (South Carolina) is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Robert Wittman (Virginia) is a member of the House of Delegates from Virginia

Lee Zeldin (New York) is a member of the House of Representatives from New York.

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