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Dems worry that GOP could tap into pro-Trump mayhem agents for the Jan. 6 investigation


In their opinion, GOP insurgent investigators, who some Democrats believe, facilitated the attack, would be even worse.

“The problem is that… there is evidence that some of these people were involved. And we can’t have people involved in the investigation, ”MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) said in an interview.

“If we are serious about establishing the truth, it does not seem appropriate to have people on a committee of inquiry who are really committed to the big lie,” added Mondaire Jones (DN.Y.) MP.

Pelosi has signaled that she wants one of her eight appointments to the Jan. 6 committee to become a Republican, and Democrats speculate that outspoken Trump critics like MPs Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) And Adam Kinzinger (R- Ill.) Could be chosen. The spokeswoman declined to say Tuesday whether she would veto members of the GOP selection panel who opposed certification of Biden’s victory.

Many of the other Republicans who condemned Trump for his role in the January 6 attacks, including voting for the impeachment of the former president, have publicly stated that they do not want to serve on the committee and planned to stand on Wednesday Parquet to defend against its establishment.

But the GOP leaders remain silent about how much they’ll get involved, even if far-right Trump boosters like the Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) And Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) Raise their hands to be selected. While an investigation is pending, there is no evidence that she or any other GOP lawmakers were directly involved in planning the January 6 attack, despite claims by a Democrat that some Republicans conducted “reconnaissance tours” prior to the uprising.

When asked about his five picks for the panel, McCarthy has repeatedly declined to comment on who to vote for. He could also refuse to appoint members at all, a decision that could help the GOP leader avoid such a high-profile issue within his conference. Of their 200-strong conference, two-thirds voted not to confirm the victory of the President’s electoral college.

Few Republicans are expected to support the Democratic-led committee on Wednesday, according to GOP sources. The House GOP leaders are not officially whipping the effort, but will recommend their members vote “no” to the legislation.

Some Democrats say they privately feared McCarthy might attempt to appoint his most insurgent members, Conservatives, who are also most likely to use their committee seats to defend Trump. That group includes Greene, Gaetz, and MP Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), Many of whom Democrats in the House of Representatives say would try to effectively sabotage the work of the panel.

“What I wanted was an independent commission,” said MP Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), Who acted as prosecutor against Trump in his impeachment proceedings after the uprising. “Of course there must be Republicans here … they will reveal themselves, either to do their duty or not. It’s up to you.”

Kinzinger shrugged his shoulders at the prospect of Republican colleagues who voted against the election certificate being named to the panel.

“That wouldn’t be cool, but who knows,” he said.

The Democrats’ original proposal to investigate the Capitol Siege included an independent commission modeled on that investigating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The House of Representatives eventually voted to create this commission – a bill by MP Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) And John Katko (RN.Y.) – but McCarthy and his leadership team put pressure on many in their party to oppose it.

About three dozen Republicans supported the commission; Many of them, including Katko, announced that they would stand up against the Democratic-led committee on Wednesday.

Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) MP, a co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, who supported the commission, said the structure of the bipartisan body made “sense” but questioned the partisan nature of the select committee.

“I don’t know if the public will have confidence when the rules of the game are as distorted as they are,” he said.

When asked if he had any concerns about McCarthy’s appointment, Fitzpatrick said, “That’s part of the problem with the way this plan appears to be moving forward.”

However, one group of Republicans seemed surprisingly little room for their members to vote for the Democratic-led investigation. The Republican Committee of Studies, the largest Conservative faction in the House of Representatives, released a principle memo that cast the selected panel largely as partisan, ambiguous with other investigations, and too focused on the events of January 6, rather than on broader political violence.

However, the RSC memo contained a caveat: “Despite these concerns, some Conservatives may believe that it is important to create a body within the House of Representatives specifically to review the events and failures related to January 6th To ensure that the Capitol and its security are met the needs of our nation move forward. “

The failed commission that would have banned the incumbent Congressmen from serving was blocked by the Republicans in the Senate. Pelosi and her team finally decided on a special committee consisting of seven members handpicked by the spokesman and five members who she was allowed to select after “consultation with the minority leader”.

“When we know Republicans are going to behave the way they do, I don’t like to reward them by saying, ‘Oh, we’re just going to do nothing,'” said Rep. Andy Kim (DN .J.) , who reaffirmed the need for the panel on Jan. 6 after Republicans blocked the commission.

Kim likened the partisan resentment on Jan. 6 to the refusal of some Republicans to accept the coronavirus was a real threat after the Democrats set up a special committee on the virus last year.

“We had members on this committee who disagreed with basic science and medicine … but it was still important that we had the committee,” he said.

McCarthy and the House of Representatives GOP leaders spent months trying to quell internal drama over the aftermath of the insurgency, which resulted in 10 of their members voting for impeachment against Trump. They have since largely recovered as a party from Trump after ousting Cheney from their leadership over her ongoing condemnation of the former president.

But the GOP leader still faces seeping extremism among its ranks, including several members who downplayed the January 6 violence. For example, this week McCarthy is up against far-right MP Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Who is reportedly going to be taking part in a fundraiser with white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who backed Stop the Steal efforts to unjustified Trump Supported election fraud allegations.

When asked about the event, Gosar said on Tuesday: “I’ve never heard anything like it. I have nothing on my schedule.”

Remarkably, not every Democrat said that Republicans who voted against confirming Biden’s win on Jan. 6 would have problems sitting on the elected body.

MP Ann Kuster (DN.H.) said she spoke to several Republicans who spoke out against certification on the ground – because “in the heat of the moment [they] had planned to make this vote, and took this vote “- but now publicly confirm Biden as President.

“I would be more concerned about your approach than a decision you made in a January 6 vote,” said Kuster. However, she added that she had drawn the line with Republicans who downplay the Capitol uprising or continue to question Biden’s election.

Olivia Beavers contributed to this report.

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