House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been touting her plan to create a special committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot after Republican lawmakers opposed a plan to create a 9/11-style commission for the same purpose.
For his part, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) made it clear that he is not on board with such a plan.
“What it means to be ready”
“I won’t go there,” he said when asked on Friday about the formation of a special committee.
During his weekly press conference, the top House Republican affirmed that Pelosi had not discussed the matter with him, adding that he has not “seen the structure of what she does or anything else.”
The House speaker announced on Thursday that she intended to create a committee to pursue “two actual paths” in an investigation of the Capitol building breach.
First, Pelosi said she wants to probe “the root causes of it,” which she suggested could include “white supremacy,” “antisemitism,” and “Islamophobia.”
The committee will also be tasked with investigating “the security of the Capitol and what it means to be ready for such an insurrection,” she added.
“As long as it takes”
As for the timeline assigned for the committee’s work, Pelosi said that it “will be as long as it takes for them … to do the investigation of the causes of this.”
With McCarthy and other Republicans united against the idea of assigning members from their own party, it appears that the special committee will be strictly partisan.
One reason GOP lawmakers are opposed to the House-led investigation is that there are several other probes currently underway in Congress and the Justice Department, the minority leader explained. McCarthy went on to raise security-related questions he continues to have about the way events unfolded on Jan. 6.
“When the staff that went in to park that day, why did the parking attendants know that something was happening?” he asked. The sergeant-at-arms never talked to me as the Republican leader beforehand, during, or after.”
Despite the active status of other investigations into the riot, there have been few answers to questions like these that continue to be raised by Republicans on Capitol Hill.