“Live Update: Republicans Block Independent Commission on Jan. 6 Riot,” New York Times, May 28, 2021.
Karoun Demirjian, “GOP senators block Jan. 6 commission, likely ending bid for independent probe of Capitol riot,” May 28, 2021 (1:02 p.m. EDT).
Republicans have done the Democrats and the country a huge favor by blocking the creation of a special joint commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection. Only six Republican Senators had the independence from Trump and McConnell to vote in favor of the resolution that would have created the commission.
We don’t need a joint commission to investigate the January 6 uprising, with all the Republican ploys and machinations to distract our attention from the real issues that would inevitably accompany such a commission. This is not 1973, and the idea of creating an impartial commission like the Senate Watergate Committee in today’s political environment is hugely delusional.
We don’t need a House Special Committee to investigate the insurrection either.
We know what happened. The record of the House impeachment of Donald Trump and the Senate trial in 2021 provides us with all the information we need in order to act, now.
Of course, the Democrats, following their tragically mistaken course of not confronting Trump or his supporters, would prefer to investigate until hell freezes over.
They appear to have no sense of the nature of the Republican fascist threat that hangs over America, and even less the guts needed to take on the challenge directly. They hope that by not really taking on Trump and the Republicans, they can squeak by and retain their seats and majorities in the House and the Senate. In this, they seem to resemble their Republican counterparts, who forego all efforts to uphold the truth and the rule of law in seeking to retain their seats, no matter what the cost.
To be sure, there is no comparison between the Democrats and the Republicans in Congress. The great majority of the latter are actively supporting or complicit in a vast Republican conspiracy to overthrow the Constitution and our American democracy. The Democrats oppose these efforts, only not too hard, particularly if by their craven calculations doing so might cost them their seats and their razor-thin majorities in the House and the Senate.
No, we don’t need any further commissions of inquiry to distract us from the real issues and stakes in American politics today.
What we need is a Justice Department Task Force to launch and coordinate the prosecutions of Donald Trump and his Republican co-conspirators, who committed many serious felonies in their efforts to overthrow the election and the Constitution in 2020-2021. Trump should also be prosecuted for his many egregious crimes in office, including the instances of obstruction of justice detailed–with a summary of the evidence–in the Mueller Report, and the many other instances of obstruction of justice through witness tampering and retaliation against witnesses for truthfully testifying in impeachment investigations.
The rule of law is at stake here.
Congress, and in particular the House, has an important role to play. Instead of spinning their wheels in yet another congressional inquiry into the insurrection on January 6, the Democrats in the House should be holding hearings into why the Justice Department has not proceeded with prosecuting Donald Trump and his co-conspirators for the many crimes he and they committed in office, including the rash of election-related crimes committed after November 3, 2021.
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