Susan Collins criticizes 'partisan' Jan. 6 commission

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Sen. Susan Collins criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for rejecting several Republican choices to serve on the "partisan" Jan. 6 commission.

Collins, a centrist Republican from Maine, said she was "disappointed" that her efforts to have "an independent, bipartisan, nonpartisan, outside commission to look at all of the events of that day" were "not approved."

"I think it would have had far more credibility than Speaker Pelosi's partisan committee that she has set up," she told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday morning.

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When Tapper asked Collins about Pelosi's appointments of Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, both of whom are fiercely critical of former President Donald Trump, to the committee, the Maine senator criticized Pelosi's selection process.

"I respect both of them, but I do not think it was right for the speaker to decide which Republicans should be on the committee. Normally, if you have a select committee, the minority leader and the speaker get to pick the members," she continued.

Tapper countered by saying that "at least two of the members" House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy selected for the committee "are election liars, one of whom, Jim Jordan, is possibly even a material witness [because] he spoke with Trump that day."

"Well, there were many communications with President Trump that day, and look, as you know, I believe that while the rioters are primarily responsible for what happened, there's no doubt in my mind that President Trump helped instigate and motivate the rioters, and that's one reason I voted to impeach him," she said.

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Jordan, a close Trump ally, and Indiana Rep. Jim Banks were blocked by Pelosi from serving on the chamber's commission investigating Jan. 6 after McCarthy selected them and three others to participate in the investigation.

McCarthy subsequently pulled all five of his appointees from the commission, leaving Cheney and Kinzinger as the only Republicans on the committee.

The commission held its first hearing on Tuesday, with some lawmakers tearing up as officers painted scenes of chaos and destruction. The group will convene virtually before the House breaks for August recess, with additional plans to meet with Justice Department officials next week, according to Chairman Bennie Thompson.

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Kinzinger, Cheney, and eight other Republican House members joined all Democrats in voting to impeach Trump on the charge of "inciting an insurrection" for his words and actions preceding the Jan. 6 siege. He was acquitted in the Senate despite Collins and seven other GOP senators voting to convict him of the charge.

Trump was previously impeached on two Ukraine-related charges in 2019, but he was acquitted in the GOP-led Senate.

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