CONGRESSWOMAN Marjorie Taylor Greene has branded a "9/11 style" investigation into the Capitol riots a "ruse to smear Donald Trump" after lawmakers in the House voted for the probe.
The bill setting up the January 6 Commission now heads to the Senate where the GOP is set to oppose what it claims is a biased investigation.
Trump fanatics stormed the Capitol in a bid to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote for Joe Biden after attending a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally addressed by the former president.
Five people died during the riots and several others were injured.
Rep. Taylor Greene tweeted last night: "The January 6th Commission will be used to smear President Trump and his supporters for the next few years and cover up the real damage to the American people: Democrat policies. I AM OPPOSED."
The bill passed as 35 Republicans voted with Democrats in support of the commission – defying Trump and House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy.
Ahead of the vote, Donald Trump slammed the proposal as a "Democrat trap" and said he hoped McCarthy and Mitch McConnell were listening.
McConnell initially said he remained open to supporting a commission if changes were made to its structure but his opposition hardened.
He said: "After careful consideration, I've made a decision to oppose the House Democrats' slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January the 6th.
“It’s not at all clear what new facts or additional investigation yet another commission could lay on top of the existing efforts by law enforcement and Congress."
The Senate is divided 50-50 and at least 10 Republicans would have to join Democrats for the measure to become law.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters: "It sounds like they (Republicans) are afraid of the truth, and that's most unfortunate."
In a statement ahead of the vote, Trump called for an investigation into Black Lives Matter protests rather than the Capitol Hill riots.
Amid calls for him to testify, the former president slammed the idea and called for there to be a commission to look at Black Lives Matter protests, though he didn’t refer to the movement directly.
He said: “Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission.
“It is just more partisan unfairness and unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately.
“Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!”
But GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski has said she wants Trump to testify to the commission.
She told CNN: “If you put together a commission that is focused on the events of January 6th, I think he’s obviously a very key individual."
Other Republicans — like Rep Liz Cheney, who was ousted from her position as the third-ranking Republican recently — seem ready to support the commission as well.
In March, Trump defended the Capitol rioters on Fox News.
While he admitted that they “shouldn’t have done it,” the former president also said his supporters posed "zero threat.”
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