35 Republican lawmakers defied House and Senate leadership and joined anti-Trump Democrats to form a 9/11-style commission to investigate the unarmed Trump supporter Ashli Babbit’s shooting and death, allegedly by a Capitol Police officer, on January 6th.
Democrats and anti-Trump activists attempted to blame Trump supporters for the death of Capitol Police Officer Sidnick. They used Officer Sidnick’s body as a prop for their sick story, laying him in state at the Capitol Rotunda to bring attention to his death in the hopes of persuading Americans that Trump supporters were to blame.
In early March, FBI Director Christopher Wray declined to reveal Officer Sicknick’s cause of death.
He was beaten with a fire extinguisher, according to the fake news media, and warnings of blunt force injuries were imminent. Back in January, we said there was no proof of this.
Officer Sicknick died of a stroke, according to his relatives, and his death was unrelated to the Capitol incident, making never-Trumpers like Mitt Romney look like fools.
The final vote count was 252-175, according to the Daily Mail, which was declared on the floor by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she banged her gavel.
A few Republicans came to the floor in the days leading up to the vote and pleaded with their colleagues to vote for the measure.
‘I beg you to pass this bill,’ said Rep. John Katko,’ The Republican from New York who worked with Democrats to get the bill passed ‘My friends on both sides of the aisle. I welcome honest, vigorous, and civil debate. At the end of the day, I strongly believe this is a fair and necessary legislation.
After naming the police officers who died on January 6 and in the aftermath, as well as other officers who have publicly recounted their experiences, he received applause on the House floor.
‘I want these officers and their families to know that we are doing it not for us, and not for politics. We are doing it for them,’ Katko said. ‘We are doing it for them.’
When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy revealed Tuesday that he would not endorse the bill – and GOP Whip Steve Scalise told Republican lawmakers not to vote for it – Katko’s work was blown up. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had previously stated his opposition to the bill.
HERE’S THE LIST OF REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED FOR THE COMMISSION:
- Tom Rice (also voted to impeach Trump)
- Dan Newhouse (also voted to impeach Trump)
- Fred Upton (also voted to impeach Trump)
- Peter Meijer (voted to impeach Trump)
- Adam Kinzinger (also voted to impeach Trump)
- John Katko (also voted to impeach Trump)
- Anthony Gonzalez (also voted to impeach Trump)
- Jaime Herrera Beutler (also voted to impeach Trump)
- Liz Cheney (also voted to impeach Trump)
- David Valadao (also voted to impeach Trump)
- Tony Gonzalez (also voted to impeach Trump)
- Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN), the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, voted against the legislation.
A letter on what appeared to be Capitol Police letterhead circulated Capitol Hill in the days leading up to the vote, expressing deep disappointment that Republicans were not supporting the bill. However, a Capitol Police spokesman later said that the letter did not originate from the department.
‘On social media, a post is circulating that expresses an opinion about proposed legislation to establish a commission to investigate the events of January 6th. This is not an official statement from the USCP. The Department has no way of knowing whether or not it was written by USCP staff. The United States Capitol Police does not take positions on legislation,’ according to a statement from the Capitol Police.