Thirty-five House Republicans defied party leadership and Donald Trump to vote in favor of setting up a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Capitol riot on Wednesday night.
The group of rebels including Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger and the eight other GOP members who voted to impeach Trump sided with all Democrats – despite calls from Kevin McCarthy to block the probe because it is political and ignores other violence such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa.
Nancy Pelosi banged the gavel and announced the vote had passed 252-175 and will now go to the Senate, where its passage appears doomed after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a dramatic u-turn and said he would oppose the legislation.
In January, McConnell said that Trump’s ‘lies’ prompted the ‘mob’ to storm the Capitol on January 6.
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.
Capitol Police Officers and the family of Howard Liebengood, the cop who killed himself three days after the riot, also called on the GOP to approve the legislation.
‘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.
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Source: Daily Mail