Ron Johnson opposes Jan. 6 commission

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate rejects GOP effort to add Trump border wall to bipartisan infrastructure deal Johnson suggests FBI knew more about Jan. 6 planning than has been revealed: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions MORE (R-Wis.) said Congress should not approve legislation set for a House vote on Wednesday that would set up a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol.

Johnson, a vocal supporter of the former President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE, called the push for a 9/11-style commission to investigate Jan. 6 "a farce." 

"I hope no Republicans in the House vote for this," Johnson said. "I hope nobody in the Senate embraces it either."


The bill is expected to pass the House and was brokered through a deal between House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHouse members will huddle Friday to plot next steps on Jan. 6 probe Budowsky: Liz Cheney, a Reagan Republican, and Pelosi, Ms. Democrat, seek Jan. 6 truth The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 MORE (D-Miss.) and ranking member John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoGOP brawls over Trump on eve of first Jan. 6 hearing Senators introduce bipartisan bill to secure critical groups against hackers House erupts in anger over Jan. 6 and Trump's role MORE (R-N.Y.). 

But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyLiz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party Press: Inmates have taken over the asylum 58 percent say Jan. 6 House committee is biased: poll MORE (R-Calif.) announced his opposition to the legislation on Tuesday, and GOP leaders are whipping against the bill. 

It's unclear whether the legislation could get the 10 GOP votes necessary in the Senate to overcome procedural hurdles.  

Johnson tied the idea of the commission to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLiz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party 19 House Democrats call on Capitol physician to mandate vaccines Ohio special election: A good day for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) in seeking to rally opposition to it during an appearance Tuesday night on Fox News.

"That's one of the biggest problems with this commission is the commissioners are going to be named by congressional leaders including Speaker Pelosi who is, let's face it, ultimately responsible for the security of the Capitol," Johnson said Tuesday night during an appearance on Fox News. 


Johnson suggested Pelosi needs to be "held accountable as well" if she and other members of Democratic leadership are going to be the ones picking commissioners to serve on the body. 

Hundreds of Trump supporters overwhelmed Capitol Police on Jan. 6 and invaded the Capitol to stop the counting of the Electoral College vote. Their actions led to vandalism in the Capitol, forced the evacuation of Congress and contributed to five deaths. 


Many in the crowd wore apparel or waved flags underscoring their allegiance to Trump. They also shouted death threats to various lawmakers and former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceVirginia couple gets home detention in Jan. 6 case Officers' powerful Capitol riot testimony underscores Pelosi's partisan blunder RealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump MORE

The attack on the Capitol was widely seen as one of the most serious security breaches of the Capitol in its history.

Pelosi criticized McCarthy for his opposition, accusing GOP leadership in the House of displaying "cowardice" for refusing to support an investigation into the events that led to the riot.

"I'm very pleased that we have a bipartisan bill to come to the floor," Pelosi said. "And [it's] disappointing but not surprising that the cowardice on the part of some on the Republican side not to want to find the truth."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Trump asks court to block release of tax returns to Congress | Private sector adds 330K jobs in July, well short of expectations Senate panel advances first three spending bills McConnell lays out GOP demands for government-funding deal MORE (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday his caucus is still undecided on whether it would support legislation to set up the commission House Democrats have proposed. 

“I think I’m safe in characterizing our conference as willing to listen to the arguments about whether such a commission is needed,” McConnell said.