GOP House leader opposes commission to investigate Capitol attack

ABC News’ Rachel Scott discusses why House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he’s opposed to the proposed bipartisan commission.
2:37 | 05/19/21

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Now to Washington where today House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he's now opposed to the proposed bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the capital. Calling it potentially counterproductive. It's what's behind Willis bring an ABC news congressional correspondent Rachel Scott Rachel house Republican leaders are now recommending a vote against this commission scheduled for tomorrow. How are they explaining their opposition to this proposed commission. Well Republican leader Kevin McCarthy says this comes down to one thing Lindsay it's all about scope he wants this commission. To look at other forms of what he calls political violence he wasn't look at black I was natter listen to look at. And teeth. And so what is interesting here though was that McCarthy actually blasts the Republican John tap codes of relief to leaving negotiations on the half of the Republican Party on what this commission looks like they form this bipartisan agreement. In order to get it on to the house floor and then on to the senate for votes here and then you have McCarthy come back out and say that he does not support this that. He wants the scope to be larger and brought in Al and this is not the first time of course that McCarthy has changed his tune. When it comes to January 6 if you remember initially after the insurrection he came out and said that trump. Bear some responsibility for what happened here on Capitol Hill he later walk that back saying he did not. Believe that trump for both about mob that stormed the United States capitol and so now Republicans are at a point where they're urging their members to vote against us Lindsay and Howard Democrats responding today. They're outraged by this House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pointing out today that cat coat was on board he was negotiating that. They actually Democrats gave up some of the things that they wanted in order to get a bipartisan. Commission going with Republicans on this Friday and Republicans and Democrats are also pointing out one thing that congresswoman lists Cheney told our Jonathan Karl when they sat down for interview last week. That this commission could potentially have subpoena power that they could. Possibly subpoena Kevin McCarthy remember keeps talked. Two presidents from that day on January 6 we so know a lot about what exactly was said during their conversation and so that commission could potentially subpoena McCarthy. Democrats say that McCarthy's trying to avoid this altogether. And so bottom line what does this now mean for the prospects of this commission getting approved by congress and moving forward. So the bottom line here this is expected to pass the house. But it's unclear right now what future it holds in the senate did have some Republicans who voted to acquit. The former president and you happen that voted to convict so Democrats can convince Republicans to come on severe side we could see this didn't make its way through when it. Rachel Scott our thanks to you.

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