Romney Becomes 1st GOP Sen. to Support Dems’ Jan. 6 Commission

'There is, has been and there will continue to be no shortage---no shortage---of robust investigations by two separate branches of the federal government...'

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, became the first Republican senator on Monday to voice support for the Democrats’ push to create a Jan. 6 investigative commission.

The House passed a bill last week to create the commission, which would investigate the mostly peaceful pro-Trump uprising at the US Capitol. However, it needs the support of 10 Republicans to pass the Senate.

Most Senate Republicans have already shot down the idea, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. But Romney said he plans to vote for it anyways.

“I would support the bill,” Romney said when asked what he would do if the House bill was brought to the Senate floor for debate.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

Romney was one of seven GOP senators to side with Democrats in voting to convict former president Donald Trump of inciting the violence.

Two of the others, Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have said they also are inclined to support the commission, but neither has committed.

Collins said she would like to discuss potential amendments to the House bill with Democrats before voting for it.

McConnell—who has openly feuded with Trump since denouncing him in the aftermath of the impeachment vote—argued the bill is a bad-faith attempt by Democrats to pin violence on the Republican Party.

...article continued below
- Advertisement -

“After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of Jan. 6,” McConnell said last week.

He noted that there already were abundant ongoing investigations playing out through the Justice Department’s “shock and awe” inquisition. Those, too, appear to be largely partisan in their scope.

“Federal law enforcement have made at least 445 arrests and counting relating to crimes committed that day. … Law enforcement investigations are ongoing,” McConnell said.

Moreover, he added, several committee panels in the Democrat-led Senate already had launched their own inquiries into the matter.

“Bipartisan investigations are also underway and have been for months at the committee level here in the Senate,” McConnell said. “So there is, has been and there will continue to be no shortage—no shortage—of robust investigations by two separate branches of the federal government.”

McConnell questioned what “yet another commission” motivated by political purposes could accomplish.

“The facts have come out and they will continue to come out,” McConnell continued. “What is clear is that House Democrats have handled this proposal in partisan bad faith going right back to the beginning.”

- Advertisement -


CDC: Afghanis Potentially Spreading Infectious Diseases

(Bethany Blankley, The Center Square) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that medical professionals and clinicians be on alert for...

New Non-Laptop Emails Show More Hunter Biden Ties to China

President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, attempted to acquire an annual $2-million retainer to aid in the recovery of Libyan assets frozen by President...

88-Year-Old Chuck Grassley Will Seek Re-Election to Senate Seat

(Associated Press) Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator, said Friday that he will seek an eighth term in 2022, giving the party more...

Former Colleague Accuses CNN’s Chris Cuomo of Sex Harassment

CNN’s Chris Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by a former female manager at ABC News. In an op-ed for the New York Times,...

Pa. AG Sues State Republicans to Stop Election Audit Subpoenas

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a lawsuit against the state GOP this week to block Republican legislators from subpoenaing election officials for its...

Banks Band Together to Oppose Biden’s IRS Plan to Snoop on Private Accounts

President Joe Biden and his administration face heavy criticism as they push a plan to give the Internal Revenue Service permission to delve into...

Biden Admin Disobeys Judge’s Order; Drags Feet on Oil, Gas Leases

(Bob Pepalis, The Center Square) The Biden administration is delaying lease sales of federal lands for oil and gas exploration even after a court order,...

U.S. Government Plans to Default on Debt the Dishonest Way

(Mike Gleason, Money Metals News Service) Debt troubles in China and Washington, D.C. helped boost safe-haven demand for precious metals early this week. By Thursday, however,...

Walensky Overrides CDC Advisory Panel; Widens Access to COVID Vax Booster

(Associated Press) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major...
- Advertisement -