This Republican wants an independent commission to study January 6. Who wants to tell him? | CNN Politics
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the US Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
Rep. James Comer has a brilliant idea of how to get to the bottom of what happened before, during and after the US Capitol riot on January 6 -- and how to prevent it from happening again.
It sounds a lot like the independent commission that Comer, a Kentucky House Republican, voted against in the House.
Go to the language of the legislation, which passed the House in May with 35 Republican votes (as well as every Democratic vote).
It makes clear that the commission would have 10 members, with Democratic leaders in Congress appointing five people and Republican leaders appointing five.
The commission would be helmed by two co-chairs – one each selected by the speaker of the House and the House minority leader.
“It is the sense of Congress that individuals appointed to the Commission should be prominent United States citizens, with national recognition. ”
The 1/6 commission proposal was expressly modeled on the independent panel Congress created to study the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Comer voted against a measure that would have done exactly what he is now saying he thinks would have been the best way to address the riots of January at the Capitol.