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Dem Lawmaker: The Jan. 6 Investigation ‘Has To Get Done’ With or Without GOP

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Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) says there is a sense of urgency in launching an investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and that Democrats should press forward with a probe even if it lacks Republican support.

During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Crow was asked what the next step is for the investigation after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a commission.

He responded, “The question first is one of timing, right? So Mitch McConnell has said that we’re going to take another vote on this. I think the question for Speaker Pelosi and Chuck Schumer is, do we believe him that this will be a vote in good faith?”

He went on to ask if Democrats will actually be able to win over enough Republicans in the Senate to pass the legislation to create the commission. Or he asked, “Are we just delaying the inevitable? And that is, are we going to have to take up a select committee on the House side, or some kind of House and Senate combined committee, and do this ourselves?”

“I don’t know. I can’t read their minds at this point, but this has to get done. I am sick of playing the game of Whac-a-Mole with GOP members in Congress. Every time we address one of their concerns, another one pops up. It’s like playing Whac-a-Mole at Chuck E. Cheese growing up. We just can’t continue to do that forever. We need to get answers,” Crow added.

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He claimed that there is an urgency to the investigation as it is “not a process in the integrity of history.”

“We have a growing violent extremism movement in the United States. We have the spreading of the ‘big lie’ that’s being used to further voter suppression laws around the country. And a growing number of Republicans are actually starting to believe more and more the ‘big lie’ and undermine the legitimacy of the Biden presidency. This is a problem that is prescient, it’s growing, and we have to address it with some timeliness,” Crow said.

His comments come days after Senate Republicans blocked passage of legislation to create a commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection when supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.

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