On Friday, Cheney told ABC's Jon Karl that Kevin McCarthy, the minority chairman of the House of Representatives, who has done nothing but promote Trump's big lie in recent months, should testify before the commission. If he doesn't agree, Cheney said, he should be summoned. "I think he said very clearly and publicly that he had information about the state of mind of the president that day," Cheney said. "I would anticipate that, you know – I would hope he doesn't need a subpoena, but I wouldn't be surprised if he did."
Michigan Republican MP Fred Upton called out his colleagues on Sunday calling their claims that the riot was just a game date for the Patriots "false" and that these claims prove the need for the commission. "It's absolutely wrong. You know, I've been there. I've seen some people go to the White House and then back. I have a balcony in my office. So I saw them go down. I have the sound heard – that I smelled some of the gas as it moved in my direction, "Upton told CNN's Dana Bash via State of the Union. "Get the facts out, try to reassure the American public that this has happened and let the facts guide you to the end," said Upton.
Senator Lisa Murkowski has beaten the House Republicans who downplayed the attack on Friday. "That offends me," Murkowski told CNN. "This was not a peaceful protest. If someone breaks and enters, and just because you know they won't completely devastate your house once you're inside, that doesn't mean it was peaceful. This wasn't a peaceful protest." She continued. "We have to go beyond this rhetoric and acknowledge that it was aggression and destruction against an institution, and there were some people who were intent on harming the people who were part of that institution."
She will support the commission when the bill is received by the Senate. It's likely going to happen there, too, but that's partly because there is a lot that Republicans, including Senator Mitch McConnell, can do to weaken it.
Legislation creates a commission of 10 members, an equal number of members chosen by the Democratic and Republican leadership. None of the members can currently serve government officials, and all must have extensive experience in a combination of government, law enforcement, civil rights and national security. Democrats would appoint the chair and Republicans would appoint the vice chair. The committee would have authority to summon McCarthy or anyone else, but if the vice chairman wished to veto this summons decision, it could.
The chair, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, has sole power to obtain information from federal agencies and has control over the appointment of staff. That gives them considerable strength. But there are still pitfalls for the Commission.
One of the main flaws of the negotiated commission is that it has a deadline of the end of this year. Republicans have already been pulling it out for five months and have the option to do it again even after the bill is passed. Even if McConnell has decided against filibustering the bill, he and McCarthy can simply work out the process of naming their five members.
It will depend a lot on how much McConnell wants to distance the Senate and the party from Trump, how hard he wants to try to save some level of dignity for his party. There is certainly no lost love between McConnell and Trump who he blamed for the January 6 attack. However, that guilt only emerged after he acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial.
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GOP chairman of the House of Representatives, McCarthy, made it official Tuesday morning: he officially opposed the legislation and the commission, saying Pelosi "refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters". This is categorically wrong as she turned the negotiations over and Thompson and Katko figured it out.
"Given the short-sighted scope of the speaker who does not examine the interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation," he said. This means that BLM and Antifa are not expressly included in the scope of the legislation. However, since the commission is structured, GOP members McCarthy and McConnell could be bidding and whining all the time. McCarthy's outspoken opposition makes 10 Senate Republicans much less likely to endorse the commission. It's going to happen in the House, but it's pretty unlikely to happen in the Senate.