McCarthy, MAGA Republicans launch new January 6 probe with the help of vulnerable House Republicans
Just days after the Capitol Hill Police Chief, Senate Republicans, and an overwhelmingly bipartisan group of lawmakers rebuked Tucker Carlson’s whitewashing of January 6, Speaker Kevin McCarthy is planning to relitigate the deadly insurrection. Vulnerable House Republicans, like Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), who entrusted McCarthy with the speakership over the course of more than a dozen votes, are trying to distance themselves from the effort.
“I don’t know if there’s anything legitimate that could come out at this point,” Valadao told CNN in a lackluster attempt to distance himself from the newly launched committee work that Valadao supported when he willfully voted for McCarthy to be House Speaker.
Part of the relitigation effort green-lit by McCarthy will include a trip to D.C. detention facilities to meet with January 6 defendants. The trip is reportedly being planned by newly minted Oversight Committee member Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). Additionally, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), who was found by the January 6 Select Committee to have conducted tours of the U.S. Capitol in the days leading up to the deadly insurrection, was handpicked to probe what he claims were “security failures” on January 6th.
DCCC spokesperson Tommy Garcia:
“After bending over backwards to the demands of extreme MAGA Republicans to secure his speakership, Kevin McCarthy is putting the political future of vulnerable Republicans in danger to remain in power. As hard as they try, the same vulnerable Republicans who empowered Kevin McCarthy to the speakership cannot distance themselves from enabling a new MAGA-led investigation that will further whitewash that deadly day.”