Chuck Schumer Makes Passionate Call To Renew Capitol Insurrection Commission

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) delivered an impassioned speech on Tuesday calling for a new vote on a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol riot on January 6.

Speaking from the Senate floor, Schumer praised a recent bipartisan report from the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees on the events of January 6, but said it didn't go far enough.

Senate Republicans successfully used the filibuster to prevent the creation of a commission to investigate the Capitol riot after it had been approved by the Democrat-led House of Representatives.

Schumer said the Senate report drew "notable conclusions" about January 6, including "failures in intelligence-gathering and communication."

"But just as glaring is what the report didn't consider," Schumer said. "Indeed, what it was not allowed to consider. The report did not investigate, report on, or hardly make any reference to the actual cause—the actual impetus—for the attack on January 6."

"With the exception of a brief reference to former President Trump's remarks at the ellipse, Senate Republicans insisted that the report exclude anything having to do with the cause of the insurrection," he said.

"If anything, the joint report by the Homeland Security and Rules committees has strengthened the argument for an independent commission on January 6."

"We had a perfect opportunity to establish such a commission at the end of last session, before Republicans mounted a partisan filibuster against it," Schumer said.

"Despite the fact that the Democrats worked with Republicans for weeks in the House and Senate to construct a Commission that was bipartisan, focused, straight-down-the-middle. Despite the fact that Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi acceded to every major request made by House Republicans about the structure of the Commission. And despite the fact that here in the Senate, I have supported the changes proposed by my colleague Senator [Susan] Collins."

"As the Big Lie continues to spread, as faith in our elections continues to decline, it is crucial—crucial—that we establish a trusted, independent record of what transpired on January 6 and what caused it. So I reserve the right to bring legislation for an independent, bipartisan commission to the Senate floor for another vote," Schumer went on.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who had opposed a commission, said on Tuesday that he didn't want to see investigations of January 6 politicized.

"Today's report is one of the many reasons I'm confident in the abilities of the existing investigations to uncover all actionable facts about the events of January 6," McConnell said.

"I'll continue to support these efforts over any that seek to politicize the process, and I would urge my colleagues to do the same," he said.

Newsweek has asked Senators Schumer and McConnell for comment.

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Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) talks to reporters after the Senate voted against the formation of an independent commission to investigate the attack at the U.S. Capitol on May 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Schumer has said he may hold another vote on the commission. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images