Former Virginia Republican Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockThe Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out Sunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect The Memo: Trump pours gas on tribalism with Jan. 6 rewrite MORE said Sunday that if former President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE went missing, "I don't think you'd have many Republicans in the search party."
Comstock made the remark while appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" to discuss the recent Senate vote in which Republicans blocked the creation of a commission to look into the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Comstock has put her support behind the family of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died shortly after the attack, in its call to form a commission.
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"Well, that was exactly the argument that we were making to the senators," Comstock said.
"I understand Republicans want to get away from Donald Trump. I mean, if Donald Trump disappeared tomorrow, I don't think you'd have many Republicans in the search party, right? Maybe a few prosecutors, but not Republicans," Comstock added. "So they want to get away from him, but the problem is he's not going to go away."
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“Maybe a few prosecutors. But not Republicans.” pic.twitter.com/3VbYqG5Oh3
"But this is not about Democrats or Republicans. It's about the country, and it's about getting to the truth, and it's about protecting the Capitol, the people who work there and also making sure this never happens again," Comstock said.