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Opposing View: How to investigat­e what happened

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell:

“The speaker’s proposal imagines something more than an investigat­ion into the specific security failures that occurred at the Capitol. It sets the stage for a somewhat broader inquiry into ‘domestic violent extremism’ beyond just that day. But the partisan panel would get to decide which other incidents are and aren’t, quote, ‘relevant.’ ... For almost a year now, we have seen political violence and riots become an increasing­ly normalized phenomenon across our national life. None of us should accept this. January the 6th was uniquely grave because the intent was to interrupt a constituti­onal duty of Congress. But if this new commission is to go beyond a targeted after-action analysis of the security failures here at the Capitol complex … we cannot have artificial cherry-picking of which terrible behavior does and does not deserve scrutiny. We could do something narrow that looks at the Capitol, or we could potentiall­y do something broader to analyze the full scope of the political violence problem in this country.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

“I’m disappoint­ed in what I heard the minority leader ... say on the floor of the Senate. It was really quite stunning because, in my brief conversati­on with him on this subject, I had the impression that he wanted to have a Jan. 6, similar to 9/11 Commission. But what he said on the floor was really a departure from that . ... We have a domestic terrorism challenge in this country. That’s what the director of the FBI testified to the end of September. Domestic violence (is) taking more lives than internatio­nal violence in this country and the biggest number since Oklahoma City. The biggest buckets under that category of domestic violence were white supremacy, anti-Semitism, and other list of xenophobia and Islamophob­ia . ... We want to solve this. And now, I ... will do anything to have it be bipartisan so ... that it would be well received by the American people.”

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