POLITICS. Mitch McConnell, leader of the Republican minority in the Senate / EFE

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called on Wednesday that the independent commission expected to study last month’s attack on the U.S. Capitol be made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, echoing the comments of the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last week on the matter.

The statements by McConnell and McCarthy come after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will take steps to establish an independent commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection, similar to the body that studied the attacks. terrorists of September 11.

“An investigation with a partisan bias would never be legitimate in the eyes of the American people,” McConnell said in a Senate speech Wednesday afternoon. “An unequal or unfair company would not help our country.”

McConnell pointed to recent comments made by the chairmen of the 9/11 Commission, former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean (R) and former Congressman Lee Hamilton (D), in interviews with POLITICO.

Kean said that if the commission does not have equal representation, his report “will not have as much confidence from the American people,” while Hamilton said Pelosi’s initial proposal for a panel consisting of seven Democratic nominees and four nominees for the Republican Party “it doesn’t sound like a good start to me, it sounds like a partisan beginning.”

In addition to equitable representation, McConnell called Wednesday that the commission require bipartisan support for subpoenas, unlike Pelosi’s bill, which said it would “confer the power of the subpoena on a person designated by the Democrats.”

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While Democrats have called for the panel to investigate the response to the insurrection and what sparked it, in his comments on the issue last week, McCarthy made no particular mention of investigating the causes of the attack, launched by a mob of supporters. of President Donald Trump while at the headquarters of Congress the start of the certification of the triumph of Democrat Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential elections was celebrated.

The event left a balance of five dead, at least 14 police officers injured and more than 100 people arrested in the following days for their participation in the protest.

The Washington Post. Free translation by El Tiempo Latino


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