McConnell slams Pelosi’s partisan commission proposal

McConnell slams Pelosi’s partisan commission proposal

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 23: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) heads to the weekly Senate Republicans policy luncheon in the subway of the U.S. Capitol on February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for proposing a partisan commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol protests. On Wednesday, McConnell said Pelosi’s commission would include seven appointments for Democrats, but only four Republicans.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her first weekly news conference under the new Biden administration on January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi held her first news conference as the Biden administration takes office. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her first weekly news conference under the new Biden administration on January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

Pelosi drafted her proposal using the 9-11 Commission as precedent. However, McConnell noted the 9-11 Commission was bipartisan, which in turn gave Americans more confidence in lawmakers’ sweeping recommendations.

“An inquiry with a hardwired partisan slant would never be legitimate in the eyes of the American people,” McConnell said. “An undertaking that is uneven or unjust would not help our country.”

Police hold back supporters of US President Donald Trump as they gather outside the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

 

McConnell said he would be more open to a commission that looked into Capitol protests and protests for social justice over the summer.

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