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Republicans and Democrats Both Claim Victory Over Jan. 6 Committee Debacle

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After Republicans blocked an independent commission to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) vowed to move forward with an alternative: a special House committee.

But a week before that panel was supposed to start work on what they hoped would be a serious investigation, both parties got something else in the short-term—a fight. And if you listen to Republican and Democratic members and aides, it’s exactly the fight each side might want.

On Tuesday, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced he would appoint several hard-nosed MAGA loyalists—including Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN)—to a panel partially intended to explore the former president’s role in the Capitol riot.

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