While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy got loads of (mostly) negative attention for his announcement earlier this week that he opposed the commission — despite authorizing fellow Republican Rep. John Katko of New York to hammer out an agreement with Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi — McConnell’s move is likely more impactful.
For regular watchers of McConnell, all of this will feel very familiar.
Remember back to the days after the January 6 riot when McConnell sent signals that he would be open to voting to convict then-President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial for his actions (and inaction) that day.
Of course, in the immediate aftermath of that vote, McConnell took to the Senate floor to denounce Trump for his role in the riot.
But, despite that forceful denunciation — “dereliction of duty”! — McConnell has still found a way to oppose a bipartisan agreement to establish a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6.