Newhouse votes for Jan. 6 Capitol attack commission

Rep. Dan Newhouse among Republicans defying party leaders by voting in favor

 

YAKIMA, Wash. — U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse was one of the 35 Republicans to vote in favor of a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The congressman representing the Yakima Valley and Mid-Columbia Basin voted yes on H.R. 3233, the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act.

The House bill passed 252-175, with Newhouse among the 35 Republicans voting with Democrats. Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler was the only other Republican “yea” vote from Washington. Oregon Republican Rep. Cliff Bentz also broke rank, voting in favor.

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The measure would create a panel of five Republican and five Democratic appointees to conduct an investigation of the facts and circumstances relating to the attack and submit findings and recommendations to improve security. The bill now heads to the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has pledged to bring it to a vote.

It is unclear if 10 Republicans will support the bill and allow it to advance through the chamber.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell oppose the proposal, as does former President Donald Trump.

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Newhouse was named Assistant Whip under Scalise in January, right around the time Republican county leaders in his district were calling for the lawmaker to resign for being one of 10 GOP members of the House to vote for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

Former President Trump released a statement, calling the January 6 commission a “Democrat trap.”

“Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left,” Trump said.

Rep. Liz Cheney and other Republicans who supported Trump’s second impeachment signaled support for the Jan. 6 commission measure.

Cheney, who was expelled from House GOP leadership after her repeated condemnations of Trump and his baseless comments about the 2020 election, suggested in an interview with ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl on Friday that McCarthy ought to testify before the commission given his conversations with Trump during the riot.

McCarthy reportedly told Trump to call off his supporters during the riot at the Capitol, according to a statement from Herrera Beutler, who cited a conversation with McCarthy.

Herrera Beutler said Trump replied, “‘Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.'” McCarthy did not deny Trump’s comments but downplayed them in a subsequent interview about their exchange.

The vote on the commission comes as some Republicans have tried to minimize the violence on Jan. 6 and downplay the riot, which left several people dead, including a Capitol Police officer who died of natural causes after clashing with protesters, and one rioter who was fatally shot when trying to enter the House chamber.

ABC News’s Benjamin Siegel contributed to this report.