Marco Rubio calls Jan. 6 Commission bill ‘a partisan joke’
Screenshot from Marco Rubio Twitter account.

Marco Rubio bunker video
'It's about damaging Republicans,' Rubio said.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio made clear in a new video message Friday that he strongly opposes the House bill aiming to set up an independent, non-partisan commission to review the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol.

“This is a partisan joke,” Rubio says of the bill in a video he posted on Twitter Friday.

“I am a no,” he added in a tweet with the video.

The House approved House Resolution 3233 Wednesday with all 217 Democrats and 35 Republicans, including Reps. Carlos Giménez and Maria Elvira Salazar, both of Miami, voting yes. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly said he will rally opposition among Senate Republicans and intends to block its final passage.

The video is the latest in Rubio’s intermittent series of bunker-style Twitter videos he began early in the coronavirus crisis — always looking like a selfie of a casually dressed Senator appearing alone in a private location.

He contends there is no need for such a commission. And he argues that it would not be truly non-partisan or independent because the chairman would wield strong power to tamp down Republicans’ views. He also warns Democrats will abuse their powers to embarrass Republicans.

Democrats contend the commission inquiry is urgently needed because of the magnitude of Jan. 6 events, unparalleled in American history, with huge implications for the nation’s democracy. The 35 Republican members who agreed and voted yes on HR 3233 created the largest bipartisan response this Congress has yet seen on any divisive bill.

Dressed in a plain black T-shirt and an old ball cap and sitting on what looks like a patio, Florida’s senior Senator says he got a chance to go through the bill Thursday night and was unimpressed.

“It became apparent pretty quickly what this is all about,” Rubio says.

He gets around to explaining what it’s all about toward the end of the more than two-minute clip.

“All they need is a story out there saying ‘Congressman so-and-so, they want to subpoena him, or her, but they can’t because the Republicans are blocking it.’ And then the story’s going to be, number one, it creates the impression that maybe ‘Congressman so-and-so did something wrong. Why would they want to subpoena him?’ And number two would be, ‘Republicans are covering up the investigation of Congressman so-and-so.’ So that’s what this is about. It’s about damaging Republicans,” Rubio says.

“It’s about keeping the House majority in 2022. It’s about winning elections and keeping this in the headlines,” Rubio argues.

In between, Rubio makes the case that “there’s no coverup here.”

“We already know what happened Jan. 6. It was a horrifying day. It’s something that should never happen again. And we’re going to learn even more about what happened that day,” he says.

“Why? Because the Justice Department — as they should — is trying to prosecute and put in jail hundreds of people who are responsible for what happened that day. And they should,” he continued. “If you committed violence on that day, if you were there to hang the Vice President, or kill any member of Congress, the Speaker, whoever, you should be put in jail. You should go to jail,” Rubio continues.

“And we’re going to learn from those investigations what happened and what led to that point,” he insists.

Rubio then pointed out that the Democrats control committees in both the House and Senate and can do whatever investigations they want, and the Capitol Police already have done their investigation.

“Not to mention the media doesn’t stop talking about it,” Rubio says.

Scott Powers

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5 comments

  • Tom Palmer

    May 21, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    I thought Marco was a partisan joke.

  • Ocean Joe

    May 22, 2021 at 7:22 am

    Trump should have been arrested within an hour after the mob he stirred up smashed through the capitol doors and windows. Rubio knows this. He knows what happened that day. We all do. So does the Publix heiress, and congressmen who are now claiming it was like a normal visit by tourists. You have stolen the freedom Americans long had to enter the building by abusing the privilege. You are so terrified of immigrants you think this kind of behavior is justified, and Marco, child of proud immigrants has hopped on for the ride.

  • James R. Miles

    May 22, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Marco is another Trump butt-kisser who needs to be thrown out of office in the next election. Had the insurrection been about a group of Democrats storming the Capital, the GOP would have called it treason. However they are such hypocrites that they don’t see the insurrection for what it is. They need to go to jail for supporting it and Trump’s lie about “winning the election!” The GOP=treasonous law breakers who don’t support democracy or the U.S.!

  • PeterH

    May 22, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    Dear Little Marco,

    What a surprise! I hope you understand that with this statement you’re making it VERY DIFFICULT for what’s left of GQP conservatives to vote for you!

    I’m sure the underside of the insurrectionist clown bus will become familiar territory for you and your ilk.

    Personally I’m done voting for any Republican for any office. Val Demings is my candidate….. a person with moral leadership balanced with integrity and intellect.

    Bye now,

    Florida’s responsible voter force and member of Lincoln Project

  • Ron Ogden

    May 24, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Of course it is a campaign tactic. Tell me, what don’t we already know about the events of January 6th. We know, for example, that the President enjoined his supporters to act peacefully, and the vast majority of them did. We know that some of them rioted and vandalized the capitol. We know that the Justice Department is pressing charges against them. We know that a subsequent attack on the capitol by a Black Nationalist has been completely forgotten, except of course for the family of the police officer killed. Tom, Joe,, Peter and Jim, I’ll bet you can’t even recall the date of the second attack without looking it up! Why not? Because it wasn’t white Trump supporters who were guilty on April 2, and it doesn’t fit into your narrative. For the Proggies, it is all the narrative, and this commission is just the same.

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