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Pelosi Statement on Republican Refusal to Investigate January 6th Insurrection

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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Senate Republicans voted against bipartisan legislation to establish an independent Commission to investigate and report on the January 6th insurrection:

“Mitch McConnell asked Senate Republicans to do him a ‘personal favor’ and vote against the January 6th Commission.  In doing so, Mitch McConnell asked them to be complicit in his undermining of the truth of January 6th.  In bowing to McConnell’s personal favor request, Republican Senators surrendered to the January 6th mob assault.

“Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans’ denial of the truth of the January 6th insurrection brings shame to the Senate.  Republicans’ cowardice in rejecting the truth of that dark day makes our Capitol and our country less safe.

“As Gladys Sicknick, the mother of fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, said this week, the refusal to have a January 6th Commission was a ‘slap in the faces of all the officers who did their jobs that day.’  

“Democrats worked across the aisle, agreeing to everything that Republicans asked for.  We did this in the interest of achieving a bipartisan Commission.  In not taking yes for an answer, Republicans clearly put their election concerns above the security of the Congress and country.  

“Honoring our responsibility to the Congress in which we serve and the Country which we love, Democrats will proceed to find the truth.”

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