Rep. Valadao declines to vote in favor of select committee to investigate Jan. 6 Capitol attack

Rep. David Valadao
Rep. David Valadao

Representative David Valadao, one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, declined to vote for a House of Representatives select committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Wednesday’s 220-to-190 party-line vote to create a select committee is very much different from the 35 Republicans who voted for an independent commission to examine the attack just last May. The Senate killed the proposal when Republicans vote nearly in lockstep against it.

“I believe that an independent, bipartisan, 9/11-style review was the best-case scenario to find out the truth about the security failures on January 6, but now we are stuck with the worst-case scenario — a hyper-partisan select committee driven by Speaker Pelosi that will certainly politicize what should be a serious investigation and definitely will not bring her failures to light,” said Valadao.

Valadao went on to say that the January 6 incident was an attack on not only our legislative institution but on our legislators themselves.

“The Members of Congress who will sit on the select committee cannot be expected to investigate the tragic day they lived through firsthand with impartiality,” said Valadao.  “This select committee doesn’t have a deadline, so the Majority can draw out their witch hunt as long as it suits them. The American people deserve to know the truth about what happened that day, and now they will be stuck with soundbites and theatrics. This will only divide us further.”


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