(USA Features) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing his GOP conference to vote against the Democrat-led creation of a commission to examine the origins of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot over concerns it will simply be a politicized exercise targeting supporters of former President Donald Trump.
“I do not believe the additional extraneous commission that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing,” he said on the Senate floor Thursday. “Frankly, I do not believe it is even designed to do that.”
He added: “I will continue to support the real serious work of the criminal justice system and our own Senate committees and urge my colleagues to oppose this extraneous layer when the time comes for the Senate to vote.”
The Kentucky Republican’s comments come as Democrats prepare to hold a vote in the commission after 35 Republicans joined all Democrats in the House last week in support of it.
Under current filibuster rules, Democrats would need 10 Republicans to join them to overcome the 60-vote threshold. Some moderate Republicans, however, have indicated their support.
McConnell says he prefers to let the Justice Department handle investigations into the rioters and their motivations, as well as individual congressional committees.
“The attorney general has indicated that this investigation will remain a top focus, multiple Senate committees are conducting their own bipartisan inquiries, and the role of the former president has been litigated exhaustively — exhaustively — in the high-profile impeachment trial we had right here in the Senate several months ago,” said McConnell.