Fred Upton: Republican congressman calls out ‘bogus’ claims by GOP colleagues downplaying Capitol riot – About Your Online Magazine


“It’s absolutely untrue. You know, I was there. I watched several people go down to the White House and then come back. I have a balcony in my office. Then I saw them go down. I heard the noise – the flash bangs, I felt a little gas as he moved towards me, “Michigan congressman told CNN’s Dana Bash in” State of the Union “when asked about comments made by several Republican congressmen last week who tried to rewrite what happened on January 6.

The longtime congressman’s comments come as a feud in his party grows between members who are offering an incorrect account of the insurrection and those who consistently condemned the violence on January 6, while blaming former President Donald Trump and his 2020 election for the attack. Upton was among the 10 House Republicans who voted for impeachment Trump for his role in inciting the riot.
Among the claims made last week was one from Congressman Andrew Clyde, a Republican from Georgia, who falsely compared the riot to a tourist visit, saying during a hearing on the attack that “there was no uprising and calling it an uprising, in my opinion, is a blatant lie.”
Upton told Bash that he was not sure what was motivating his colleagues to make such claims, but that those statements are the reason he supports a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack. Lawmakers on Friday overcame an obstacle on Friday in the creation of a bipartisan commission after the Democrat and Republican in the House’s Internal Security Committee reached an agreement on how to structure the independent panel.

“Spread the facts, try to assure the American public that this is what happened and let the facts lead us to a conclusion,” said Upton.

After the deal was announced on Friday, it was unclear whether Republican Party leader Kevin McCarthy – who has been fighting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the commission’s proposal – would sign the deal, since he said that I was still reviewing it. Upton said in his interview that he expects the California Republican to support the proposal.

Taking it a step further on Sunday, Liz Cheney, deputy from Wyoming, who was stripped of her position at the head of the Republican Party last week for defying Trump’s electoral lies, told ABC News that McCarthy should “absolutely” testify before the commission, if lawmakers created the investigative body.

“I would anticipate that – I hope he does not demand a subpoena, but I would not be surprised if he were subpoenaed,” said Cheney of McCarthy, adding later that attempts by some of his colleagues to minimize the insurrection are “shameful and despicable”.

President of the Chamber of Homeland Security Bennie Thompson, who helped lead the negotiations to reach an agreement on the bipartisan commission, told CNN’s Jim Acosta on Sunday that it is important to find out what McCarthy knows about Trump’s actions on January 6.

“We have to get all the facts. I hope we don’t have to end up subpoenaing individuals to come. We want to get the documents from the Administration of the Chamber. We want to get the documents from the Government Reform and Inspection Committee, the documents from the Department of Defense and any witnesses that had anything in terms of knowledge of what happened on January 6. The commission needs to hear from them, “said the Democrat from Mississippi.

Asked if this includes Trump, Thompson said the commission also “needs to obtain” information from the former president himself.

“He invited many of the people who invaded the Capitol in Washington that day. He said, ‘Come to Washington. It will be crazy. ‘ So we need to get from him what it means to ‘come to Washington, be wild’. “

The proposed commission would include a 10-member panel, with half appointed by Democratic Congressional leaders, including the president, and half by Republicans, including the vice president. The panel will have the power to issue subpoenas if they are signed by both the president and the vice president, according to a summary released by the committee. The commission would be tasked with issuing a final report by the end of this year, making it a quick timetable for the panel to launch a final product.

This story was updated with additional information on Sunday.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story erroneously cited Rep. Andrew Clyde’s comments on the insurrection.

CNN’s Danielle Diaz, Jeremy Herb, Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer contributed to this report.

Paula Fonseca