their strategy is hope he dies, which makes for some really strange bedfellows https://t.co/3IbmhPnzws
— kilgore trout, junky horse (@KT_So_It_Goes) May 19, 2021
CNN, “Republicans fear January 6 probe could undercut 2022 midterm message”:
Senior Republicans are making clear they have little interest in moving forward with a sweeping January 6 investigation in part because a detailed probe could become politically damaging and amount to a distraction for their party just as control of Congress is at stake in next year’s midterm elections.
Publicly and privately, Republicans are making that case, with Senate GOP Whip John Thune noting that there’s concern among some GOP members that the findings of the probe “could be weaponized politically and drug into next year.”…
Thune’s comments came moments after Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell announced his opposition on the floor, contending it would duplicate ongoing probes and contending the deal — which was reached between a House Republican and House Democrat — is designed to find a conclusion that would be in “Democrats’ hands.”
The commission would be structured so 10 members — chosen equally between the leaders from both political parties — could report by year’s end on what happened on January 6, as well as the “influencing factors” behind it. Yet Democrats are already discussing Plan B: To create a select committee in the House to investigate the attack, something that wouldn’t need GOP support to establish.
It’s clear that any such an investigation would also look at then-President Donald Trump’s role in promoting the January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally, his lies that the election was stolen and his efforts to subvert the will of voters. Moreover, it could put an uncomfortable focus on some conservative GOP senators and House members who sought to overturn the election results in Congress, while keeping the issue front-and-center as the investigation plays out over the next year.
And there are ample questions about whether House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy would be forced to testify to explain what Trump was saying on January 6 given the two spoke during a heated phone call that day…
… [E]ven if the bill fails in the Senate, a select committee in their chamber would give Democrats unilateral subpoena power and be comprised of members of the House. An outside commission, on the other hand, would not be comprised of sitting lawmakers and would require both sides to agree to issue subpoenas.
Democrats have been resistant to go the route of a select committee, knowing that Republicans would attack such a probe as partisan. But Pelosi made clear Wednesday that if Republicans block the commission in the Senate, the issue isn’t going away — and they may take matters in their own hands.
“I certainly could call for hearings in the House with a majority of the members being Democrats with full subpoena power, with the agenda being determined by the Democrats,” Pelosi told reporters. “But that’s not the path we have chosen to go.” Pelosi added: “It’s a question of, if they don’t want to do this, we will.”…
The same miscreants who made BUT HER EMAILS!!! their banner for the last five years and counting are now whining that, well, their actions just a few months ago could be ‘misconstrued’.
And to avoid the risk of a commission pledged to end with 2021, they’re busy dragging out the process, which makes it all the more likely the eventual commission(s) will still be front-page news in 2022.
Because dragging their feet, and character assassination for clickbait, is all they have left in their political arsenal.