New Senate committee report on Jan. 6 siege will not contact elephant within the room: Donald Trump


However that bipartisan report additionally will not contact the elephant within the room: Donald Trump’s position in laying the groundwork for the siege and directing his supporters to protest on the Capitol. That is the place the bipartisanship ends, with Republicans arguing that no additional info is required concerning the origin of the assault, who deliberate it, and the way they deliberate it.

Democrats have pushed for a 9/11-type fee to additional examine the matter, however Senate Republicans banded collectively final week to kill a Home-passed measure that might have created simply such a bipartisan fee. The six Senate Republicans who supported the measure fell 4 wanting the quantity that might have been essential to beat the GOP filibuster of the invoice.

The Democratic chairs of each the Guidelines and Homeland Safety committees have made clear {that a} fee would have a wider scope than the narrower, short-term focus of their report.

“It is meant to be a chance to have a look at some fast suggestions for some comparatively fast motion to guarantee that we’re safeguarding the Capitol,” mentioned Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, who chairs the Senate Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs Committee. “We’re coping with a really complicated problem right here that, and the extra people which might be trying into it the higher, as a result of in the end, we need to guarantee that what we noticed occur on January sixth by no means occurs once more.”

Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, the rating GOP member on the committee, agreed concerning the report’s scope, principally admitting that it had been scaled again by Republicans. 

“It is not meant to cowl every part, which is what I feel a few of my Democratic colleagues had hoped — for it to be extra about Trump and concerning the motivations,” Portman mentioned. “It is extra about what occurred that day. Why we weren’t higher ready, how we are able to get higher ready, why the response was so gradual.”

In different phrases, the bipartisan report is particularly tailor-made to not maintain anybody accountable for the assault’s planning and orchestration on the entrance finish however relatively for the systemic failures and lapses of judgment and execution in defending the Capitol on the again finish.

It’s additionally precisely this kind of wanting committee-led investigation that GOP Minority Chief Mitch McConnell used as an excuse to assert a 9/11-style fee wasn’t needed.

“There is no such thing as a new truth about that day that we want the Democrats’ extraneous fee to uncover,” McConnell mentioned final week upfront of the vote on the Jan. 6 fee that he personally lobbied to kill.

However Portman, who sits on one of many fundamental committees that led the investigation clearly disagrees. He was one in all six GOP senators who voted in favor of the fee final week.

What’s extra correct to say is that there is no new truth about that day that McConnell and most congressional Republicans need uncovered—in any other case referred to as a cover-up.