Mitch McConnell wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a door: Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate Minority Leader, boards an elevator at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. Amid debate over the scope of a proposed January 6 Commission within the Republican Party, today Minority Leader McConnell announced his opposition to the commission.

Even on a grave matter of national security, the GOP has concluded that the political price for standing with former President Donald Trump is preferable to the electoral cost of breaking with the disgraced former President.

More than four months after Trump stoked the January 6 rebellion with his lies about the 2020 election, the vast majority of GOP lawmakers demonstrated this week that they see no upside for revisiting the dangerous events that unfolded at the Capitol even if it means that Americans will never get a full explanation of how close Trump’s supporters came to overthrowing democracy — findings that could prevent a similar incident from happening again.

Only 35 House Republicans voted in favor of creating the 9/11-style bipartisan commission Wednesday even though the panel’s design was devised by a House Republican and a House Democrat and would have included 10 members chosen equally by the leaders from opposing parties — with a rule that the two sides would have to agree before issuing subpoenas.

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