Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday she “strongly” supports establishing an independent commission to examine the Jan. 6 attack on the U. S. Capitol, but there are still issues although resolvable with the proposed legislation that passed the House of Representatives in a bipartisan vote Wednesday.
“I strongly support the creation of an independent commission. I believe there are many unanswered questions about the attacks on the Capitol on Jan. 6,” Collins said during an exclusive interview on “This Week,” adding that answers are needed for why law enforcement wasn’t better prepared for the attack.
Thirty-five Republicans joined Democrats to support passing the bill to create a 9/11 style commission, including all 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over his role in fueling the Jan. 6 insurrection. Still, the bill faces an uphill battle towards passage in the Senate.
Republican leadership in the House and Senate and Trump came out against the proposed commission. Collins, as one of the seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump, is one of the most likely “yes” votes on the GOP side, but that small group of Republicans is already differing from their House counterparts with North Carolina’s Richard Burr coming out against the bill, even though he voted to convict Trump in the impeachment trial.
The issues Collins identified as “resolvable” regard staffing and the timeline. While the makeup of the proposed commission is evenly split between Republican and Democratic lawmakers, Collins said there should also be an equal number of staff members appointed by each side. Additionally, she said the report must be done this year.