35 Republican lawmakers defied House and Senate leadership and joined anti-Trump Democrats to form a 9/11 type commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol building incident, where the unarmed Trump supporter Ashli Babbit was shot and killed, allegedly by a Capitol Police officer.
Democrats and never-Trumpers tried to blame the death of Capitol Police Officer Sidnick on Trump supporters. They used Officer Sidnick’s body like a prop for their sick narrative, laying his body in state at the Capitol Rotunda, as a way to shine a spotlight on his death—hoping to convince Americans that Trump supporters were somehow responsible for his death.
In early March, FBI Director Christopher Wray refused to disclose the cause of death for Officer Sicknick.
It was later revealed by his family that Officer Sicknick died of a stroke and that his death was not related to the Capitol incident, leaving never-Trumpers like Mitt Romney looking like fools.
Now, Democrats and never-Trump Republicans have passed a bill that would allow a 9/11 style commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol incident.
Daily Mail reports – The final vote tally Wednesday evening was 252-175, which was announced on the floor by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she banged her gavel.
In the run-up to the vote, a handful of Republicans came to the floor and pleaded with their colleagues to vote for the bill.
‘I beg you to pass this bill,’ said Rep. John Katko, the New York Republican who negotiated with Democrats to get the bill finished. ‘My friends on both sides of the aisle. I welcome honest, vigorous, and civil debate. At the end of the day, I strongly believe this is a fair and necessary legislation.’
He received applause on the House floor after naming the police officers who died on January 6 and in the immediate aftermath, and other officers who’ve publicly recounted what they experienced.
‘I want these officers and their families to know that we are doing it not for us. And not for politics. We are doing it for them,’ Katko said. ‘We are doing it for them.’
Katko’s work had been blown up when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday he would not support the legislation – and GOP Whip Steve Scalise told Republican lawmakers not to vote for it. Earlier Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also said he was against the bill.
HERE’S THE LIST OF REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED FOR THE COMMISSION:
Tom Rice (also voted to impeach Trump)
Dan Newhouse (also voted to impeach Trump)
Fred Upton (also voted to impeach Trump)
Peter Meijer (voted to impeach Trump)
Adam Kinzinger (also voted to impeach Trump)
John Katko (also voted to impeach Trump)
Anthony Gonzalez (also voted to impeach Trump)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (also voted to impeach Trump)
Liz Cheney (also voted to impeach Trump)
David Valadao (also voted to impeach Trump)
Tony Gonzalez (also voted to impeach Trump)
Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN), the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, voted against the legislation.
In the lead-up to the vote, a letter on what looked to on Capitol Police letterhead circulated Capitol Hill, expressing profound disappointment that Republicans were not backing the bill. But later a Capitol Police spokesperson said the letter didn’t come from the agency.
‘A statement is circling on social media, which expresses an opinion about the proposed legislation to create a commission to investigate January 6. This is NOT an official USCP statement. The Department has no way of confirming it was even authored by USCP personnel. The U.S. Capitol Police does NOT take positions on legislation,’ the Capitol Police statement said.