McCarthy’s statement represents the latest high-profile, Trump-related fissure to emerge among House Republicans after Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). was fired from the leadership of the House of Representatives last week for refusing to promote the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen.
Cheney has been replaced by MP Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) As chairwoman of the House’s GOP, who has been criticized by some Republicans for being insufficiently conservative but widely viewed as the bitter defender of the former president.
The January 6 commission had also become a friction point between McCarthy and Cheney in the weeks leading up to its fall. McCarthy called on such a body to investigate acts of looting and violence that accompanied some protests against police brutality and racial injustice last summer. However, Cheney sought to ensure that the commission investigated the siege of the Capitol only.
If the commission is sacked on Jan. 6, it could potentially force a testimony from McCarthy, who reportedly had a violent phone call with Trump during the riot and may be able to speak to the former president’s state of mind during the attack.
However, Senate Republicans have indicated they may not support the investigative body and have questioned the prospect of the legislation following the likely passage of parliament on Wednesday.