Indiana Rep. Greg Pence, the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence, said he will vote against the creation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The Republican made his stance known ahead of the House vote Wednesday on legislation to establish an independent and bipartisan commission to investigate the siege of Congress, during which his brother and lawmakers were evacuated as rioters stormed the building and some of them threatened the life of the former vice president.
“Hanging Judge Nancy Pelosi is hellbent on pushing her version of partisan justice complete with a hand-picked jury that will carry out her pre-determined political execution of Donald Trump before law enforcement officials have completed their investigation,” the congressman said in a statement, referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
MCCONNELL WON’T BACK JAN. 6 RIOT COMMISSION
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have said they do not support the formation of the commission, siding with GOP lawmakers who have attempted to downplay the Capitol attack and Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
“After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats’ slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of Jan. 6,” McConnell said Wednesday on the Senate floor.
Video footage of the Capitol attack, which disrupted lawmakers as they affirmed President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, captured rioters chanting, “Hang Mike Pence,” and some present at the location set up makeshift gallows with a noose outside the Capitol grounds.
Rep. Pence and his brother took cover in a Capitol office on Jan. 6, guarded by the vice president’s Secret Service detail, before the two were transferred to an unknown evacuation path to a secure room in the Capitol complex, according to the Washington Post.
Trump has also strongly rebuked the formation of the Jan. 6 commission, saying “Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission” in a statement on Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, chided Republicans for opposing the creation of the commission.
“Shame on them for defending the mob over our Capitol Police officers, and shame on the House Republican leadership for punishing Republicans who tell the truth,” he said.
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If lawmakers in the House vote to pass the formation of the commission, it will go to the Senate for a final vote.