WASHINGTON – Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy opposed the legislation Tuesday that would create a bipartisan commission to study the January 6 uprising at the U.S. Capitol, which some lawmakers believe could call him as a witness.
Homeland Security Committee leaders – Chairman Bennie Thompson, Miss, and MP John Katko of New York, the highest Republican on the council – unveiled a bill Friday creating a 10-member commission to issue a report on Dec. 31
The house is expected to vote on the law on Wednesday. The Senate must still consider this.
Democrats called the effort more urgent last week after several Republicans questioned the seriousness of the attack as a result, five people were killed and 140 police officers were injured. The rioters temporarily stopped the counting of votes at the Electoral College, which confirmed the victory of President Joe Biden against former President Donald Trump.
Why McCarthy opposes the Jan. 6 commission
But California-based McCarthy opposed the commission’s bill and criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., For withdrawing her legs in negotiations. He said that numerous committees are reviewing the event and that the architects of the Capitol, which supervises the building and the terrain, have been allocated 10 million dollars to eliminate security flaws.
“Although the speaker wasted time playing political games, numerous efforts by Congress and intergovernmental agencies have been withdrawn from freedom,” McCarthy said in a statement.
McCarthy said the commission should also study political violence from protests over racial justice across the country last summer, attacks on Republican baseball practices and attacks on a vehicle that killed a Capitol police officer on April 2.
“The presence of this political violence in American society cannot be tolerated and cannot be overlooked,” said McCarthy, who called the omission “deeply worrying”.
McCarthy could face a subpoena
Since McCarthy spoke to Trump during the riots, he is expected to call him as a witness if a commission is formed. Trump was recalled for inciting violence, but was acquitted in the Senate.
Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Told CNN on Sunday that he supported the creation of a commission with five members appointed by Democrats and five by Republicans. Calls would be approved by a majority vote or by top-named Democrats and Republicans.
“I would doubt that Kevin would be summoned to court,” Upton said. “He will be asked to bring out what happened, as well as a number of members of Congress who were there, whether they barricaded the door inside the chamber.”
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Who was ousted from a top position at her home on Wednesday for opposing Trump, also said ABC’s “This Week” on Friday that McCarthy would be summoned to court.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a subpoena,” Cheney said.