As per her usual, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is once again saying one thing while she does the exact opposite.
Collins was a guest on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning, and she insisted that she “strongly” supports the creation of a bipartisan commission to study what happened on Jan. 6, 2021 when pro-Trump demonstrators rioted and stormed the U.S. Capitol, leaving five people dead in the wake of their insurrection.
“This Week” host George Stephanopoulos asked Collins about the dichotomy between her reluctance to create a 1/6 commission while she claims to support such a move, noting:
“You called that attack appalling and un-American, provoked by President Trump. But now you say you’re going to support the commission only under certain conditions, including that it wrap up this year, which appears pretty unrealistic.
“Why are you opposed to voting for the commission as passed by the House?”
That’s when Senator Doublespeak went into full spin mode, responding:
“First of all, let me clarify my position. I strongly support the creation of an independent commission. I believe there are many unanswered questions about the attacks on the Capitol on Jan. 6. We need to figure out how we can enhance security, why we weren’t better prepared.
“So I support the creation of a non-partisan, bipartisan commission.”
However, Collins then began listing off conditions and demands that she wants to see in any Senate legislation, any of which would likely mean the legislation would fail to win approval in both houses of Congress:
“Both sides should either jointly appoint the staff or there should be equal numbers of staff appointed by the chairman and the vice chairman.”
And the senator doubled down on the timeline of such a commission, telling Stephanopoulos that she sees “no reason why the report cannot be completed by the end of this year.”
“I’m optimistic that we can get past these issues based on recent conversations I’ve had with the Speaker of the House and the House majority leader.”
Talk about pie in the sky! Collins wants to have it both ways, and that simply isn’t realistic. It’s beginning to sound like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will have to create a select committee and get to the bottom of what transpired earlier this year. Republicans will whine about that, too, but if they want to have a say in the matter, they should stop trying to straddle both sides of the fence.
Here’s the video:
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