Just hours before a vote was to be taken in the House of Representatives on the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate what transpired on Jan. 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that he will not support the creation of such a commission, a move that could well doom the chances of the American people ever learning exactly what happened on that fateful day.

In a statement he issued Tuesday morning, McCarthy wrote:

“Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America. I cannot support this legislation.”

According to the Washington Post, McCarthy wanted the commission to look at protest movements that have absolutely nothing to do with the Capitol insurrection:

“McCarthy said he wanted the new panel to look beyond the violent uprising by supporters loyal to Donald Trump, who were trying to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s election. He pushed to have the new commission also investigate other groups, namely the Black Lives Matter groups that protested police violence in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.”

Within minutes, social media lit up with criticism of McCarthy, who was dubbed by some as a “coward” and a “traitor.”

If the GOP refuses to go along with creating a commission, maybe Attorney General Merrick Garland should appoint a special counsel for that purpose. Give the special counsel full subpoena power and put both Trump and McCarthy under oath so we can find out what they knew and when they knew it.

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