Saying former President Donald Trump “bears responsibility” for the January 6 insurrection on Sunday, Scott Brown—who served as Trump’s ambassador to New Zealand—urged his fellow Republicans to support an independent inquiry into the Capitol riots.
In an op-ed for the Boston Globe, the former Massachusetts senator had bemoaned the “civil war” that embroils the GOP right now, calling on the party to “confront the deadly events” of January 6. “The healing process starts with an independent, bipartisan commission to uncover the facts of those events, and that is why I am urging my Republican colleagues to get behind such an effort,” he wrote. “Above all else, Republicans must be crystal clear that the rule of law matters.”
Despite the fact that Democrats agreed to nearly all of Republicans’ concessions on the creation of the commission, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have come out against it. And while the bill did pass the House—with 35 Republicans voting for it—the legislation appears dead on arrival in the Senate where it would need 60 votes, including 10 Republicans, to break a filibuster.