The House of Representatives is expected to pass legislation Wednesday to create a commission to investigate the storming of the Capitol earlier this year, and former president Donald Trump is speaking out.
The commission will be similar to the 9/11 commission to investigate the cause and circumstances surrounding the terror attacks. After news of the commission broke, former president Donald Trump weighed in on the plan.
“Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission. It is just more partisan unfairness and unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately,” Trump said a statement. “Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!”
Other Republicans have been split on the commission. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced Tuesday he would oppose the commission.
“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,” McCarthy said.
Critics say the commission could become a new avenue for Democrats to attack the former president to discourage him from running for office again in 2024.
Trump has strongly suggested he will run again, though other Republicans, like former New Jersey Chris Christie just this week, have made similar indications.
“I think people are going to be very, very happy when I make a certain announcement,” Trump said recently when asked by Candace Owens about a potential run. “You know, for campaign finance reasons, you really can’t do it too early because it becomes a whole different thing.”