Kevin McCarthy Says Capitol Riot Commission Should Look At Unrelated Riots


The top Republican in the House of Representative thinks a special commission appointed to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol should also look at unrelated riots during the previous year. “I think if you’re going to have a commission, you should look at the whole broad spectrum,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Thursday in response to a HuffPost question. “We just went through a whole summer of riots throughout the city.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) initially proposed a commission with seven members appointed by Democrats and four by Republicans. The GOP called that proposal unfair. This week, Pelosi modified her plan to include an even party split, plus more Republican input on subpoena power. But McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said this week that the commission’s proposed scope is too narrow, making clear that their objection is less about the commission’s makeup and bylaws, and more about the idea of the commission itself. A small percentage of protests against police brutality devolved into riots last year, but those simply have nothing to do with the Capitol insurrection.

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