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We need facts with or without Republican cooperation

It makes no sense to expect congressional Republicans to be willing partners in any effort to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack that the FBI has labeled domestic terrorism. Their former president’s partisans stormed the building, and they themselves are trying to erase history.

Exhibit A: Rep. Andrew Clyde of Georgia, who during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing last week characterized the violence of Jan. 6 as a “normal tourist visit.” Never mind that there’s a photograph of Clyde barricading a door to the House floor. 

Exhibit B: Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, who at that same hearing accused the FBI of “harassing  peaceful patriots across the country” in its effort to bring to justice the rioters who took part in the Capitol siege. This is the kind of thing a terrorist leader says to justify acts of violence. After all, Osama bin Laden released a statement saying, “We want to regain the freedom of our nation,” as justification for the 9/11 attacks.



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