Trump said it was a ‘foolish’ decision for GOP to not be represented on the January 6 panel. He and Republican lawmakers rejected a bipartisan commission last year.

President Donald Trump (R) speaks as he joined by House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (L) in the Rose Garden of the White House on January 4, 2019 in Washington, DC.

The committee investigating January 6 formed after Republicans blocked a bipartisan commission.
Trump said it was a “bad decision” for Republicans “not to have representation on that committee.”
Trump too denounced the proposal of a bipartisan commission last year, calling it a “Democrat trap.”

Former President Donald Trump said last week it was a mistake for Republicans to not be more involved in the committee investigating January 6.

“Unfortunately, a bad decision was made,” Trump said in an interview with conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root, adding it “was a bad decision not to have representation on that committee. That was a very, very foolish decision.”

Trump continued, saying that the committee tries to “pretend that they’re legit” but that it’s “just a one-sided witch hunt.”

The select House committee was formed last year after Senate Republicans in May 2021 blocked the formation of a bipartisan, 9/11-style commission to investigate the Capitol riot.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, one of the Republicans who voted in favor of the commission, said at the time the “investigations will happen with or without Republicans” and that the GOP should be involved “to ensure the investigations are fair, impartial and focused on the facts.”

The Senate vote came after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who originally expressed interest in the commission, came out against it. McCarthy said at the time he opposed the commission because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters.”

Insider’s Eliza Relman reported Democrats agreed to nearly all of the Republicans’ requests, including that the panel members be divided evenly between both parties and that decisions on who to …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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