Republicans, led by Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, blocked the proposal last week. The number of votes ranged from 54 to 35 for the commission, six fewer votes than required to terminate a filibuster. Of the eleven senators who did not vote, at least three were for the commission.
“We think a few more people would have voted if they’d been there,” Crow told host Chuck Todd. “The question is, can we get those three or four extra votes, or can we have a selected committee on the House side or some sort of combined House and Senate committee and do it ourselves? I don’t know.”
Crow said it was important that the January 6 attack be further investigated. “What we really need to know is what Donald Trump was doing in the hours leading up to the uprising?” he said. “What did he talk to or tell his advisors during the uprising? What happened to this discussion? [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy? ”
Crow said that only “a non-partisan commission or a selected subpoena committee” will likely be able to get these types of responses.
McConnell has said it is time to move past the day’s events in order to heal, although other Republicans have advanced their objections to a commission. Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) Recently compared the events of that day to “a normal tourist visit”, and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Called those who were there that day “peaceful patriots”.
Crow has much less benevolent views of that day.
“I called my wife and told her I love her. I didn’t know if I could get out of this chamber like dozens or other members, like journalists, police officers,” he said.