Nancy Pelosi thought she had the perfect set-up.
Democrats were about to pull off a political heist that could keep them in power after the 2022 elections.
Donald Trump just hit Nancy Pelosi with this humiliating defeat.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer thought they boxed in Republicans into supporting an independent commission to investigate the events of January 6.
As the party in power, Democrats face a traditionally difficult political environment in 2022, and Pelosi and Schumer hoped keeping the focus on 1/6 would provide a path to retaining power.
Democrats gambled it would be too politically difficult for Republicans to use their first filibuster of this Congress to block the bill.
But Donald Trump ended that debate with a statement imploring Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to oppose the commission legislation.
Trump pointed out the bill was a trap designed to entice Republican support for a commission that will produce a report smearing Trump and his supporters as seditionists.
“Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission. It is just more partisan unfairness and unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately. Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!” Trump’s statement read.
Conservatives contend Pelosi also hoped the commission would discredit House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as a potential speaker of the House by forcing him into politically embarrassing testimony about his conversations with Donald Trump on January 6.
McCarthy quickly came out in opposition to the commission legislation.
Mitch McConnell wised up to Pelosi and Schumer’s plans to win Republican buy-in on the stacked deck commission—Democrats will pick the staff—to neuter Republican attacks on the eventual report which everyone understood would be weaponized by the Democrats in the 2022 midterms.
“House Democrats have handled this proposal in partisan bad faith going right back to the beginning. From initially offering a laughable starting point to continuing to insist on various features under the hood that are designed to centralize control over the commission’s process and its conclusions in Democratic hands,” McConnell explained.
McConnell also pointed out a new commission was redundant.
“It’s not at all clear what new facts or additional investigation yet another commission could actually lay on top of existing efforts by law enforcement and Congress,” McConnell continued.
Trump pushing McConnell to oppose legislation creating a witch hunt commission led wavering GOP senators to oppose the bill.
“We’ve had a chance to hear from House leadership about what they saw in the bill. It doesn’t appear right now that they believe that it is bipartisan in nature, which to me is extremely disappointing,” South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds stated. “The way that the bill is written right now, I would feel compelled to vote against it.”
Even several of the Republican senators that voted to convict Donald Trump in the second impeachment trial—North Carolina’s Richard Burr, Maine’s Susan Collins, and Utah’s Mitt Romney—announced their opposition to the bill.
Without their votes, Democrats cannot break a GOP filibuster and Nancy Pelosi’s plans to have the Republicans vote in favor of producing the Democrats’ 2022 attack ads appeared dead in the Senate.
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