Law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol
will be the first to testify in front of the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th Attack on Congress home.
But the committee existance is only widening the political split between Democrats and Republicans.
Democrats originally proposed an independent commission.
Based on the success of the commission they delivered a widely accepted investigation into the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S.
The commission was going to be a body with much more clout.
Norm Ornstein is a political scientist with American Enterprise Institute.
He said an independent commission would have the full force of Congress and the White House behind it.
It would have a wider range of members
and very possibly would have been able to get more muscle in terms of its ability to get witnesses and the important information out there.
Despite getting agreement on nearly all their demands, Senate Republicans blocked a vote for an independent commission in late May.
I urge my colleagues to vote.
Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi then proposed a select committee to investigate.
Republicans accused Democrats of wanting a predetermined outcome.
Making sure that it never happens again requires a fully bipartisan solution, not a partisan committee brought from the start.
Along with seven Democrats, Pelosi appointed Republican Liz Cheney who was ousted from her partys leadership post
because of her open defiance of the false narrative touted by President Trump that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Some of the other republicans who have been outspoken on this are under enormous pressure from within their own party not to participate.
It takes a great deal of courage which is anyone has shown to go against your party and your party leader.
As a minority leader, republican Kevin McCarthy was allowed five committee selections.
Pelosi rejected two of them: Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana.
As theyve made statements and taken actions that I think would impact the integrity of the committee.
Pelosi has created a sham process.
Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republicans, we will not participate.
McCarthys January 6 phone call to then-President Trump,
purportedly imploring the president to call off his supporters attacking the Capitol,
could be a part of the committees probe.
He is trying to give himself cover for saying "This is not a legitimate committee, so I am not going to cooperate."
Pelosi appointed a second Republican to the panel.
Adam Kinzinger and Cheney were only Republicans to vote with Democrats to create the committee to investigate the attack.
Steve Redisch VOA news Washington