Just days after the House reached a bipartisan agreement on creating a Jan. 6 commission, the office of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has indicated he will oppose the deal, Axios reports.
McCarthy’s opposition to the deal, which was negotiated by the top Republican and Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, underscores the internal divisions that continue to plague the GOP in the wake of Jan. 6.
The formation of a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission had been delayed for months, after some Republicans insisted that the scope of the investigation be expanded to include violence by far-left protesters last summer.
McCarthy echoed that sentiment in a statement on Tuesday, and argued that the commission would be “duplicative and potentially counterproductive” due to other investigations related to Jan. 6 being carried out by Congress and the federal government.
“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,” he concluded.
Axios noted that “The legislation to stand up the commission is still likely to pass the House, but it could face major hurdles in reaching the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate.”
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