President Biden said he “can’t imagine” why Republicans would vote against the Jan. 6 riot commission, as legislation to form the probe stalls in the Senate.
“I can’t imagine anyone voting against the establishing commission on the greatest assault since the Civil War on the Capitol,” Biden told reporters Thursday.
It’s not clear whether he meant “capital” or “Capitol.” There was no serious attack on the Capitol during the Civil War, but there was fighting in Washington, D.C.
The House passed legislation on May 19 to form the independent panel with support from 35 Republicans, despite opposition from former President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. The bill now needs 60 votes to advance in the 50-50 split Senate, which is an uphill climb with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also opposing the commission. McConnell argued there are already enough investigations into the Jan. 6 attack.
FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
The commission met one Republican demand by having an equal number of members from each party, but did not meet another condition that McCarthy and some other Republicans wanted: to investigate other political v
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