Congressional leaders reach deal on January 6 commission, but McCarthy has concerns

Congressional leaders reach deal on January 6 commission, but McCarthy has concerns

His support for the commission is being marketed by the corporate media as "bipartisan support, but the NY representative is one of few Republicans in the House who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump the second time Democrats targeted him".

For months, Republican and Democratic lawmakers have been at odds over the scope and makeup of the commission with GOP leaders - including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell - saying the investigation should focus not just on the January 6 insurrection, but also on violence after the death of George Floyd while in police custody.

"If this commission is going to come forward to tell us how to protect this facility in the future, you want to make sure that the scope, that you can look at all that came up before and what came up after". It would have subpoena power and be charged with issuing a final report by December 31, along recommendations to prevent future attacks. On Friday, just moments before Thompson and Katko announced their breakthrough on the commission, the GOP conference voted to replace Cheney with Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who has a more moderate voting record but has been vocal in her support for Trump and his spurious claims that widespread voter fraud marred November's election.

The proposed bill mandates that commissioners have "significant expertise in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence, and cybersecurity", and current government officers or employees are prohibited from appointment.

The commission would have the power to subpoena witnesses, but not without an agreement between the Democrat-appointed chair and the Republican appointed vice chair, or a majority vote of the panel.

"There has been a growing consensus that the January 6th attack is of a complexity and national significance that what we need an independent commission to investigate", Thompson said in a statement. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said after the announcement that he had not read the details yet and did not signal whether he would support it.

Katko, R-Camillus, was among 10 House Republicans who voted with a unanimous bloc of Democrats to impeach Trump, who was later acquitted after a trial in the Senate.

"Inaction - or just moving on - is simply not an option", Thompson said. The commission bill also needs Senate approval.

During the impeachment, House Democrats, citing reports from the New York Times and other media, had claimed that Sicknick was beaten to death by a group of protesters on January 6 before the NY Times updated its report to say there was no evidence to support that claim.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney says former President Donald Trump is responsible for the Capitol riot.

"It is imperative that we seek the truth of what happened on January 6 with an independent, bipartisan 9/11-type Commission to examine and report upon the facts, causes and security relating to the terrorist mob attack", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Friday statement.

Pelosi's original proposal for the commission would have given Democrats seven appointments, while Republicans would have had four.

Cheney and Katko are two of 10 HouseRepublicans who voted with Democrats in February to impeach Trump for inciting theinsurrection against Congress, as it worked to tally the electoral college results. "We owe it to the Capitol police and all who enter our citadel of democracy to investigate the attack".

A majority of the public supports the creation of an independent commission to look into the attacks, according to recent polling.

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