Today the U.S. House Administration Committee is expected to vote on its ‘Oversight and Authorization Plan’ after a number of Republican members have threatened to investigate the work done by the January 6th Committee last Congress. A review by government watchdog Accountable.US found that most of these MAGA majority members have serious credibility issues when it comes to the January 6th assault on our democracy. This includes comments downplaying the severity of the insurrection, votes against certifying the 2020 election even after the violence, and obstruction of investigations into the riot. One Member even empathized with election deniers on the anniversary of the attack.
For instance, Chairman Bryan Steil voted against forming a bipartisan commission to investigate the violent and deadly coup attempt that included zip ties for lawmakers and Confederate flags waving inside the U.S. Capitol, claiming “it wasn’t necessary.” Rep. Barry Loudermilk, chair of the House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight, voted against certifying the 2020 election, voted against forming a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6th, and “led a tour of the capitol complex on Jan. 5, 2021.” People on Loudermilk’s personal insurrection-eve tour reportedly filmed places “not typically of interest to tourists, including hallways, staircases, and security checkpoints.”
Threatening to investigate the January 6th investigators is one of the most brazen political stunts yet from the extreme MAGA House majority.
There’s no mystery why a pack of noted election deniers and insurrection apologists are eager to rewrite history to their political benefit. Looking in the mirror would be a far more effective way for these super spreaders of the Big Lie to get to the bottom of why the Capitol riot happened. The MAGA goal in smearing the bipartisan findings of the January 6th Committee is two-fold: to downplay how close we came to losing our democracy and distract from their hugely unpopular plans to raise taxes on the middle class by 30 percent and gut Social Security benefits.”