Crow Calls Out Republicans Blocking January 6 Commission

FRIDAY UPDATE: Politico reporting the expected, accountability for January 6th has been kicked down the road despite six Republican Senators who broke ranks and voted to get the facts:

The 54-35 vote, with six Republicans breaking ranks to join every Democrat in favor, came after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell lobbied his members forcefully against the House-passed commission measure. The vote was delayed through the night by a handful of Senate Republicans who obstructed China competitiveness legislation, though Democrats decided to punt that bill until after the Memorial Day recess week in order to push forward on the commission bill…

The six Republican senators who voted to advance the commission proposal were Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mitt Romney of Utah and Rob Portman of Ohio. All but one of them also voted to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial earlier this year. All six received public thanks from Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), evicted from her party’s House leadership 16 days ago after vocal criticism of Trump and his role in the riot.

A seventh GOP senator who also voted to convict Trump this year, retiring Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, would have supported advancing the House-passed commission bill had he not been called away from Washington for a family commitment, a spokesperson said.

Both Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper were present and voted yes today, and spoke to NBC News’ Chuck Todd on the way to the airport about getting rid of the filibuster after today’s vote:

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Rep. Jason Crow (D).

CNN reports after an appearance by Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado on Don Lemon Tonight last night, blasting Republicans for their attempts to obstruct a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that attempted to thwart the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory by Congress:

Rep. Jason Crow, a Colorado Democrat and veteran who helped comfort other lawmakers during the US Capitol insurrection, said Wednesday evening there’s a “domestic terror movement” in the US as he sought to highlight the risk of not investigating the January 6 riot.

“We have a domestic terror movement in America. It has been enabled, it has been furthered, it has been legitimized by leaders at the highest levels of our country, starting with Donald Trump,” Crow told CNN’s Don Lemon on “Don Lemon Tonight.”

“That’s the sad reality. If we are not honest about what it is we’re dealing with, if we’re not honest about the dangers of that movement, we will not address it in a way that we need to and we will be at risk. This is not just an exercise in history and making sure that the history books accurately reflect on January 6. We have a current problem we have to address and we have to be honest about that and we have to do what is necessary to keep ourselves safe.”

Rep. Jason Crow comforts a fellow House Member during the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

Since the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, Rep. Crow has been at the forefront of lawmakers demanding accountability for what happened all the way to the top. Crow has compared the assault on the Capitol by supporters of now ex-President Donald Trump to his own experiences in combat as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, and a photo of Crow trying to comfort a fellow representative as rioters stormed through the building has become one of the iconic images of this terrible day in American history.

The vote in the U.S. Senate on the January 6th commission bill passed by the House is by all accounts a foregone conclusion, with Republicans led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell having locked down around a demand for false equivalence between the events of that day and unrelated recent protests such as the Black Lives Matter movement as their pretext to vote against. Despite the fact that McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and some other Republican leaders were in the immediate aftermath willing to assign blame for the January 6th insurrection where it belongs, with Trump personally, their courage in this regard has since evaporated. Which restores their complicity, assuming it was ever lost:

No matter what Republicans said in shock following the attack on the Capitol, covering it up now is all that matters in terms of their legacy. Trump, who once boasted he could shoot a man in the street and not lose support, has proven himself correct beyond what even most of his critics could have anticipated. The normalization of what happened on January 6th by Republicans refusing to hold Trump accountable, perhaps more than any other factor, is setting the stage for the next round of political violence.

And that, readers, is why Rep. Crow is angry. You should be too.

At the end of the day, it may simply be too much to ask the guilty to convict themselves.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    Now imagine Mike Coffman flopping like a fish.

    Bravo Rep. Crow. Thank you for not giving up.

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    "What's the big deal about January 6? Anyone with any intelligence knows it was just a large tour group, with just a few drunken rowdies."

    I'll offer that none of the unclean and unholy evening threesome on Fox; Tucker F***er, Hannity, Laura, have the guts to invite Rep. Crowe onto their shows.

  3. Meiner49er says:

    "a domestic terror movement in America?" Yup. Thanks for calling the new Right what it is, Rep. Crow.

    • gertie97 says:

      A common sight over in trumpieville, aka Grand Junction: a small car ahead of me a few minutes ago at the drive-up window at the City Market pharmacy sported a trump bumper sticker, two “fuck Biden'' stickers on the back window and flying one American flag, one Confederate battle flag and two trump flags. Another back window sticker said Carry  like it's 1776. Apparently he didn't get the memo about needing a big pickem-up-truck for the full effect.

      There's a lot of anger out there.

       

  4. notaskinnycook says:

    Rather than being angry or frustrated with the GOP obstructionism, this is a situation where mockery is in order. They don't want the commission because they don't want the world to discover the real, secret truth about who cooked up the plan, or who encouraged it. Plain and simple, they're chicken; not brave enough to own it. Now Democrats, go home and tell that to your constituents for the next week. 

  5. kwtree says:

    Hickenlooper didn’t say squat about getting rid of the filibuster. He was in the car, greeted Chuck Todd, but was not interviewed in this clip about the filibuster.

    The last time Hick was asked directly about it, he advocated for the traditional “talking” filibuster. 

    In his corny banjo solo, Hick sang about passing the” For the People Act”. He didn’t mention the filibuster or the Republican Senators or  his friend and fellow ex-governor Manchin’s obstructionism,  which are currently preventing the FtP Act from passing. 

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