Here’s the fundamental problem with the RNC chairman’s argument about January 6

Of his committee’s decision to censure GOP Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for serving on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, McDaniel writes:

“Today’s horrific events do not justify Cheney or Kinzinger authorizing a partisan committee whose true purpose appears to be to aid the Democrats’ electoral prospects at the cost of potentially ruining the lives of innocent people. From the outset, the committee did not lacks the legitimacy of past independent, bipartisan efforts investigating events of national significance.”

In May 2021, Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, and John Katko, a Republican from New York, reached an agreement to form an independent commission to investigate what happened on January 6 and the days preceding it. . (The two lawmakers were chair and senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, respectively.) day and how we got there.
As CNN wrote of the deal at the time:

“The commission proposed by Thompson and Katko would include a 10-member panel, half of whom would be nominated by Democratic congressional leaders, including the president, and the other half by Republicans, including the vice president. The panel will have the power to issue subpoenas if signed by the president and vice president, according to a summary released by the committee.”

Less than a week later, the full House approved the commission, with 35 (!) Republicans joining 217 Democrats in voting for it. It seemed like something extremely rare in Washington: a bipartisan victory.

Except no.

Because when the bill landed in the Senate, it thudded.

“After careful consideration, I have made the decision to oppose House Democrats’ biased and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January 6,” the Senate Minority Leader said. , Mitch McConnell. “As surely everyone knows, I have repeatedly expressed my views on the events of January 6 very clearly. I have spoken clearly and left no doubt about my conclusions.” (McConnell blamed Donald Trump for the riot, but ultimately voted to acquit the former president of impeachment charges for his role on Jan. 6.)

With McConnell and Trump – the Republican Party’s dueling power centers – aligned against the legislation, it failed and with it the hope of an independent bipartisan commission to study Jan. 6.

In the months that followed, Republicans like McDaniel tried to rewrite history, arguing that the whole process was partisan from the start and was meant only to help Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

But that’s just not true! House Homeland Security Committee-ranked Republican helped broker a bipartisan deal! “An independent, bipartisan commission will remove the politicization from the conversation and focus only on the facts and circumstances surrounding the breach of Capitol security as well as other instances of violence relevant to such a review,” Katko told the time.

And not only that! Nearly three dozen House Republicans voted for the proposal — more than three times the number of those who voted to impeach Trump for his role on Jan. 6. It wasn’t just the Cheneys and Kinzingers of the world. There was a significant number of Republicans who thought the creation of the commission was important enough that they were prepared to take on Trump.

McDaniel is, as they say, entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts. And the facts clearly show that there was a window for an independent commission to be created to study January 6th. McConnell just closed this window.