Former President Donald Trump now says it was “foolish” not to set up a bipartisan House committee on January 6 to investigate the uprising.
But it was his party, under his influence, this stony participation, apparently hoping that the investigation would die in the bud.
“A bad decision was made,” Trump said in an interview with conservative radio host Wayne Allin Root on his Raw & Unfiltered program. It was “a bad decision not to have [Republican] Representation on this committee,” he added.
Trump stressed: “It was a very, very stupid decision.”
Now, he argues, the investigation is a “one-sided witch hunt.”
The House Select Committee was formed last year after Senate Republicans voted to block the creation of a 9/11-style bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol riots.
Trump once called such a commission a “Democratic trap.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not negotiate “in good faith” over the details of the commission. But Pelosi agreed that members would be divided equally among the parties and that unanimous consent would be required for any subpoenas to be issued.
The Democrats then attempted to form a bipartisan House select committee. But that, too, was rejected by Republicans after Pelosi denied committees to two of the five legislators recommended by McCarthy: Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana.
Both men voted to cancel the presidential election results based on lies that the vote was rigged, which Pelosi said would undermine the commission’s integrity.
McCarthy then rescinded all five of his recommendations and ended his collaboration to create a bipartisan commission.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) are currently the only Republicans on the House Select Committee to Investigate the Attack on the Capitol along with seven Democrats.
Now, a number of Republicans from the Trump administration are testifying against their former boss about his role in instigating last year’s violent storming of the Capitol.
According to a new ABC New/Ipsos poll, 60% of Americans polled believe the commission is conducting a “fair and impartial” investigation, while 58% believe Trump should be charged for his role in the uprising.