Democrat Senator Jon Tester (MT) is warning of a possible future attack against the Capitol that might end in more violence than the January 6th event, saying that “the outcome will be much worse.”
Tester made his comment to Politico, which said on Thursday that Republicans will filibuster a partisan commission into the Jan. 6th protest.
“We must investigate this shit,” Tester said. “It’s a nonpartisan investigation into what happened. And if they are afraid of Trump then they should get out of office. It is bullshit.”
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) informed fellow Republicans that he opposes the new commission, saying that the House bill would be doomed in the Senate.
“We heard from House leadership and it does not seem they believe it is a bipartisan bill, which is very disappointing to me,” Republican Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) said. “The way it’s written, I would have to vote against it.”
Republican Senate Minority Whip John Thune (SD) confirmed to reporters that the bill does not have the votes to pass.
Meanwhile, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), a strict Trump critic who voted to impeach Trump, was among the first Republican to back the bill while Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) also supports the bill.
Texas Senator John Cornyn (R), who previously supported the commission, now says he believes Democrats are attempting to use it as a political weapon.
“I do not believe this is the only way to find out what happened,” Cornyn said.
Republicans also stress that a bipartisan Senate report expected next month will be sufficient to fix security problems at the Capitol.
Author: Scott Dowdy