Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the Home choose committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, revolt, urged the general public to not overlook the position that Republican members of Congress performed in efforts to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election.
Schiff mentioned in an op-ed revealed Thursday in The New York Occasions that solely “scant consideration” is given to the variety of GOP members of the Home and Senate who voted to contest the outcomes of a number of states within the election.
“Even after Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police put down the revolt at nice price to themselves, the vast majority of Republicans within the Home picked up proper the place they left off, nonetheless voting to overturn the ends in necessary states,” he mentioned.
After Congress reconvened to rely the votes of the Electoral Faculty following the assault, 147 Republican members of Congress — eight senators and 139 representatives — objected to the ends in Arizona or Pennsylvania, each of which have been key states that helped seal President Biden’s victory within the election.
“Even the Structure can’t shield us if the folks sworn to uphold it don’t give which means to their oath of workplace, if that oath will not be knowledgeable by concepts of proper and improper, and if persons are unwilling to just accept the essential reality of issues,” Schiff mentioned. “None of will probably be sufficient.”
Schiff’s op-ed got here on the identical day that the committee launched its last report on the revolt. The committee made 4 prison referrals for former President Trump to the Justice Division (DOJ) earlier within the week.
The committee additionally referred a number of Republican representatives who refused to adjust to its subpoenas to the Home Ethics Committee. They embrace Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Scott Perry (Pa.) and Andy Biggs (Ariz.).
Schiff mentioned the nation’s elected officers ought to be chosen based mostly on their allegiance to the regulation and the Structure and folks ought to be guided by info, “not factions.”
“It’s our hope that this report will make a small contribution to that effort. Our nation has by no means earlier than confronted the form of menace we documented. Could it by no means once more,” he mentioned.
Schiff additionally outlined the subsequent steps following the committee’s report in an op-ed within the Los Angeles Occasions on Friday. He mentioned the DOJ ought to maintain itself to the usual it established at first of its investigation into the assault because it determines what fees to pursue — a normal Schiff described merely as “observe the proof wherever it leads.”
Amongst different reforms, he additionally known as for Congress to go laws to make clear the Home’s authority to implement its subpoenas and that the vice chairman solely has a ceremonial position in counting the votes of the Electoral Faculty. Congress permitted the Electoral Rely Reform Act, which makes the latter clarification, as a part of the omnibus authorities funding invoice this week, sending the invoice to Biden’s desk.
Schiff moreover known as on the nation to confront the “rising tide” of bigotry and racially motivated violent extremism.