According to former Rep. Pete King, the riots that took place at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, should be denounced by every single member of the GOP, but the select committee put together by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to investigate the situation is “stacked.”
“It was terrible. It’s indefensible,” the former New York congressman said during a conversation he had on Newsmax’s “National Report” about the events at the Capitol. “On the other hand, we also have to look into what was done as far as safety precautions beforehand, and that’s why we need a real investigation. Not this. This is contrived.”
Here’s more from Newsmax:
Several Republicans have dismissed the committee’s first day of testimony, when four police officers told members of Congress what they experienced on Jan. 6, as “political theater,” and King said that opinion is because the committee is not represented in a balanced way.
“(Reps.) Jim Banks and Jim Jordan provided the balance that is needed,” King went on to explain, making a reference to the two Republicans House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appointed to the panel but who were ultimately rejected by Pelosi.
After Pelosi rejected Banks and Jordan, McCarthy pulled back his other picks for the committee. The speaker had already appointed Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and later added Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
Cheney and Kinzinger are vocal opponents of former President Donald Trump and voted to impeach him on charges of inciting an insurrection in connection with the Jan. 6 attacks.
King then went on to say that he thinks Democrats on the committee used testimony from Capitol Police officers as a means of demonstrating the “sorrow and anguish of what happens to cops” in these situations, however, when Black Lives Matter was rioting and looting last summer, police were referred to as “stormtroopers.”
“None of them came forward to defend the cops when they were being hit with bricks and rocks and being killed, being spat on all over the country from one end to the other during the race riots, the Black Lives Matter and the (race) riots of December 2020,” said the former congressman.
“There’s some hypocrisy on this side, and that’s why I think people are calling it theater,” he said. “Having said that, we need a real investigation, not what’s going on now.”
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