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Jan. 6 commission fails in Senate

Democrats were unable to get the votes needed to set up a special commission to investigate the Jan. 6 surge into the U.S. Capitol during the certification of the Electoral College.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski gave a long interview with reporters on Thursday, chastising her fellow Republicans. She voted for the commission, while Sen. Dan Sullivan voted against it.

Murkowski told reporters that Sen. Mitch McConnell was focused on “short-term political gain” rather than being interested in what occurred on Jan. 6. She said the principles of democracy are at stake.

There are already two Senate committees investigating the events of that day, and another in the House, and the FBI, Capitol Police, and other agencies are continuing their investigations, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wanted a special commission, which opponents said would unnecessarily continue the political divide.

Five other Republicans voted in favor of proceeding with the commission vote: Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), Rob Portman (Ohio), Mitt Romney (Utah), and Ben Sasse (Neb.). Democrats needed six more votes to end the Republican-led filibuster.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • One more lead weight around Murkowski and hopefully a final hook to knock her out of office.

  • Good, it failed. This committee would do nothing but try to fabricate evidence that Trump planned this. Watching the video it is so obvious its Antifa and the anarchists. All the moves, the tactics, it could have been just another riot in Portland. There’s footage of a security guard leading them down the hall. All planned.

    • What a crock!

  • I hope the committees and agencies already doing their investigations explain why an unarmed woman veteran was shot and killed and why the Capitol police ushered protestors into the building. Also why they were so ill-prepared given that they had advanced warnings. Those who conflate the protest fail to note the absolute minimal damage that was done compared to the ‘mostly peaceful protests’ engaged in for the last year by BLM, Antifa and other anarchists. Murkowski’s statement condemning her colleagues is ridiculous. Trump is still clearly living in her head.

  • So the Republicans will investigate Benghazi, what, 6-7 times, but they won’t investigate 6 Jan at all? Shameful, really. Karma will eventually kick in.

  • This was just going to be a Democrat witch hunt to investigate anyone from the opposition under the authority of the investigation. Just like with the Russian Collusion Hoax, the only arrest would be for things that had nothing to do with and the investigations would be politically targeted.
    Glad the other 45 senators got it right.
    And for you Harbor guy, this event is already being investigated, so why do another one.

    Why are the other riots not being investigated at this level?

  • Does anyone think that Nadler and Schummer can run a better investigation than the Justice Department and the FBI? If so, we need to do some Agency housecleaning.

  • And what does the illustrious Senator Murkowski know about “principles”? Particularly concerning “democracy” and election integrity? She is the poster child for “short term (and permanent selfish) gain at the nation’s and our state’s expense. The irony is unmatched when such politicians make farcical statements like this with a straight face.

  • Where is the push for a commission to investigate the lefts push to step on anyone’s right to peaceably assemble in what that is all the 6th. rally was. They will destroy our right to assemble yet ignore and push for the BLM, Antifa movement as nothing more then bad gas and ignore the real threat. Here is a waking thought….how is it that we have a ham sandwich that is acting like he is the president of America? Yes, what a joke.

  • More important than this, to not be just another PINO, Populist INO, contribute at least 20% of your net worth in the next month to Donald Trump so he can fight his legal battles

  • AKVOTER,
    Your response proves you are clueless about political events. There were not 45 votes against the commission. There were only 35. Why don’t you research something before making ill-informed statements?

  • WHIDBEY THE DOG,
    Great point. Congressional republicans are so two-faced. Ted Cruz just requested the Senate “appoint an independent commission with investigative authority, with creditability to get to the bottom of what happened . . . ” regarding the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. I support that. Why don’t Republicans support a bipartisan commission into the equally alarming events of January 6?

  • Jim Collman,
    Thank you so much for your informative post. Thanks to you, I now know that Jacob Chansley, the self-proclaimed shaman of QAnon is really ANTIFA. He had done such a convincing job of demonstrating that he was pro-Trump, It is only due to your insightful post, that I now realize I was completely wrong. It appears that all QAnon members are really ANTIFA.

  • People died, Hillary lied… “What difference at this point does it make?”, she said.
    Big difference between any investigation of Crooked Hillary and the swarming of the capitol by mostly peaceful people. But yes, I’d sure like to see an investigation into who shot Ashley Babbit and why the “insurrectionists” are being held without due process. Add to that questions about the Capitol Police coming to Homer, Alaska with the FBI to investigate an innocent couple, again, without due process. Yup, I’d like to see that.

  • TB, glad I was able to help you out. Let me know if you have any further questions or doubts. Nice to see people thinking and questioning. So many these days subscribe to groupthink.

  • TB your math in public is laughly incorrect 55 from 100 is always 45. You must have been learned math in the woke education system of today.

  • If Lisa is really interested in anything other than yet another round of Trump bashing, she would be leading the charge to force Capital Police to release ALL video of Jan 6, including the shooting of Ashli Babbitt. She could then investigate why the cop who shot the unarmed woman was never investigated for the shooting. She ought to investigate stories from the days before Jan 6 that had House and Senate leadership ignoring Capital Police requests for additional police for that day. Finally, she could investigate why those arrested after the protest are being treated much worse than BLM / AntiFa people who riot, loot, try to burn down buildings and commit other forms of mayhem on government buildings. She might find that there are two standards of justice out there today, one for those on the left who can apparently do whatever they want with impunity and those of us on the right whom the feds will come down upon like a ton of bricks should we step out of line.

    But Orange Man Bad is just too easy and fun for her. Cheers –

  • If Murkowski wants to investigate something, how about an investigation of the BLM/Antifa riots that caused many deaths and tens of millions of dollars in property damage.

  • No commission was needed. EVERYONE saw what occurred. The live TV of President Trump’s speech with zero incitement to riot. EVERYONE saw hundreds of thousands of truly peaceful people, while BLM and ANTIFA riot and burn major American cities. And, yes, EVERYONE saw a group of hooligans devolve into a mob that broke into the Capitol. What Murkowski and others failed to see was the support of half the American public for President Trump – and the dissatisfaction with Congress and the growing mistrust of the election system. She really is clueless.

    Lisa made it clear, even before the 2016 election how much she disliked – even hated – Donald Trump. Her hatred for the man clouded her judgement as she spoke to the media and as she voted in Congress. At this point it makes no sense to call for her to show her true stripes and register as a Democrat. She just needs to go and make room for someone who will stand up for Alaskans and stand up for Americans.

  • I’m Counting the days, until I can Vote out this Swamp Creature Lisa.
    Agimarc yes all these things need to be looked into.
    There just mad, when Trump was in office, He got things done. All they want, is to drum up some Fake bull about Trump.

  • Antifa and BLM did billions of dollars in damage to private and public property. Many people were injured, some died; however, that’s ok because the rioters are democrats supported by the media………..

  • “It was the Russians!!!!”

    Frankly it was not a lot to be concerned about. Every attempt the left and media have made to fabricate lies about the President, has blow up in their face. This would have, as their cover up of the Wuhan Lab and the CCP virus, and as their fraudulent election will ultimately.

    Yes, there will be Karma. And it’s coming for the liars on the left.

  • Good one less one sided, corrupt, smear campaign to waste money, but wait Lisa has the bs spread all over her face again…
    Show some integrity dad’s girl, resign, you are an embarrassment to yourself and the state.

  • Lisa’s right again…

  • Steven Chappell,
    At least you know the very simplest of math that 100-55 equals 45. I applaud your for that. However, you seem to be so deluded that you think in binary terms. You are the one who is laughable, and you you showed it in a public forum. There is an obvious a third possibility. In this case there is some number of senators who did not vote. Please get your facts straight before you demonstrate your complete ignorance. Only 35 senators, not 45, voted against moving the procedure forward,

  • Steven Chappell,
    Interesting that you did not respond to my latest post. It seems to imply that you finally realized that you are wrong in this matter.

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