Former President Donald Trump now says it was “foolish” not to create a more bipartisan House committee on Jan. 6 to investigate the insurgency.
But it was his party, influenced by him, that scrambled the turnout, apparently hoping the probe would die on the vine.
“A wrong decision was made,” Trump said in an interview with conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root on his “Raw & Unfiltered” show. It was a “bad decision not to have [Republican] representation on this committee,” he added.
Trump pointed out, “It was a very, very stupid decision.”
Now, he claims, the investigation is a “one-sided witch hunt”.
The House Select Committee was formed last year after Senate Republicans voted to block the creation of a bipartisan 9/11-style commission to investigate the Capitol riot.
Trump at the time called such a commission a “Democratic trap.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was not negotiating in “good faith” over the details of the commission. But Pelosi agreed the membership would be split evenly between the parties and unanimous agreement would be required before any subpoenas were issued.
Democrats then sought to form a bipartisan House select committee. But Republicans also dodged that after Pelosi denied committee seats to two of McCarthy’s five recommended lawmakers: Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana.
Both men had voted to overturn the presidential election results based on lies that the vote was rigged, which Pelosi said would undermine the integrity of the panel.
McCarthy then withdrew his five recommendations and stopped cooperating to create a bipartisan panel.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) are currently the only Republicans to participate with seven Democrats on the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol.
Now, a series of Republicans in the Trump administration are testifying against their former boss over his role in instigating the violent storming of the Capitol last year.
According to a new ABC New/Ipsos poll, 60% of Americans polled believe the panel is conducting a “fair and impartial” investigation, and 58% believe Trump should be charged for his role in the insurgency.