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Kevin McCarthy pushes back on agreement to form Jan. 6 Capitol riot commission

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that he is not supportive of the bipartisan agreement reached to form a “9/11-style” commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot — slamming Democrats for not negotiating “in good faith” and failing to propose “an unbiased premise from which to begin.”

The California Republican accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi of refusing to “negotiate in good faith on basic parameters,” alleging that Democrats have failed to agree on “fair representation and an unbiased premise from which to begin such an investigation,” which were “always understood to be the starting point for bipartisan negotiations.” 

An agreement was struck between House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Ranking Member John Katko (R-N.Y.) last week, with Katko telling The Post that he was “very pleased that this is going to be a very fair and balanced commission, and that’s what I sought to establish and I’m pleased that Chairman Thompson saw it the same way.” 

Despite the parameters of the agreement of the commission providing equal representation for both parties, McCarthy argued that Pelosi “wasted time playing political games” and allowed other government agencies to “pick up the slack.”

McCarthy argued that the Department of Justice has already made 445 arrests following the breach on the Capitol, with 100 more to follow, while the FBI has been investigating the crimes committed by pro-Trump rioters who stormed the building in an attempt to disrupt the certification of the election. 

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they try to storm the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
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“Unfortunately, the legislation being considered in the House this week is drafted in such a way that could interfere with and ultimately undermine these ongoing prosecutorial efforts – just one byproduct of a process that circumvents committee markup and is expected to come to the House Floor under a closed rule,” McCarthy said in a statement. 

McCarthy also took aim at Democrats opting to have the commission focus on just Jan. 6. He pushed for a broader scope, looking to investigate Antifa and the riots that took place across the country in response to police brutality, as well as the congressional baseball shooting where GOP lawmakers were targeted in 2017.

“The presence of this political violence in American society cannot be tolerated and it cannot be overlooked. I have communicated this to our Democrat colleagues for months and its omission is deeply concerning,” McCarthy said. 

“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation.”

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