CNN’s Jamie Gangel said Republican lawmakers were “really taken by surprise” by Mr McConnell’s language ahead of a critical vote on a measure to create the commission, a source calling it “despicable,” according to Ms Gangel .
His objections follow the passage of the measure last week, with 35 Republicans challenging Republican House leaders to support a resolution drafted with bipartisan support. The measure is unlikely to reach the threshold of 60 votes in an equally divided Senate.
Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy announced his opposition to the committee on May 18. That night, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said he would whip his GOP colleagues against it.
Mr McConnell announced he was “undecided” in a vote that evening.
Following the acquittal of Donald Trump in the Senate in his second impeachment trial for incitement to aggression, fueled by a false “stolen election” story that sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election as the Members of Congress were meeting to certify them, Mr. McConnell said unequivocally. that “there is no doubt, no, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for causing” the riot.
Despite the vote against his conviction, Mr McConnell said the riot followed a “growing crescendo of misrepresentation, conspiracy theories and reckless hyperbole that the defeated president kept shouting in the bigger picture. megaphone of planet Earth ”.
But on May 18, the former president issued a statement raging against the commission’s proposal, urging Republicans to “get much tougher” and echoing the deviation of GOP lawmakers to instead investigate “them. murders, riots and “bombings” in Democratic-ruled cities.
“Hopefully Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!” he said.
The next morning, Senator McConnell announced his opposition to what he called a “biased and unbalanced proposal” by House Democrats.
“It is not at all clear what new facts or additional investigation another commission might add to existing law enforcement and congressional efforts,” he told the Senate.
On Thursday, Mr McConnell said he did not believe the commission would uncover “new facts” or “promote healing,” although there remains an opaque timeline of events and no clear understanding of what the administration, the lawmakers or the police knew, four months after the attack.
“I don’t think the extra, foreign commission that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing,” he said. “Frankly, I don’t believe it’s even designed to do that. “
“There is no excuse for a Republican to vote against this commission since the Democrats have accepted everything they asked for,” he said in a statement Thursday.
“Mitch McConnell has made this his political position, believing it will help his 2022 election,” added Mr. Manchin. “They don’t believe the truth will set you free, so they continue to live in fear. “
Mr. McConnell’s office has not returned The independent ‘request for comment.