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Meijer Says Chance For Independent January 6 Commission Slipping Away

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. Congress is set to hear from former security officials about what went wrong at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. AP Photo/John Minchillo, File
John Minchillo
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(MPRN) Michigan Congressman Peter Meijer says he’s losing confidence in Congress’s ability to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the US Capitol.

Meijer (R-Grand Rapids) is one of only 35 Republicans who broke with party leadership to vote for an independent bipartisan commission. Congressman Fred Upton (R-Saint Joseph) was the only other Michigan Republican who voted for the commission. But it appears unlikely that will be adopted by the Senate, where Republicans are threatening a filibuster.

Republicans have said, if a commission is empowered to conduct an inquiry, the scope should include Black Lives Matter protests and claims of election tampering. That’s despite the fact that there’s no evidence that tampering changed the November election results.

Meijer told CNN on Sunday that’s unfortunate.

“A lot of folks might dismiss as a product of the swamp, as tainted in one way, shape or form, but it would be the closest we could get to something that may be factual, that may clear away some of the fantasies, some of the fictions surrounding January 6th and the events preceding it,” he said.

Meijer said the alternative is separate House and the Senate inquiries that could not be divorced from partisan interests.

“By shooting this down,” he said, “we’re playing into Speaker Pelosi’s hands.”