Former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) went on CNN on Wednesday night to say that he thinks it’s a “big deal” that 35 House Republicans defied House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) by voting in favor of a Democrat bill that would form a commission to investigate the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
“I think thirty-five is a big deal,” Kasich said. “This is the first time we’ve seen this kind of a crack. These are people that stood against the leadership. They stood against McCarthy, they stood against McConnell in a way, they stood against Trump, it’s a very, very big deal. It started when they kicked Liz Cheney out, and people started to say, this is kind of getting ridiculous. For 35 of them to march out there.”
“I’ll tell you what happens next,” he added. “Some members tomorrow, their staff will say, ‘why didn’t you vote for this?’ It’s pretty simple, isn’t it? It’s a bipartisan investigation. The Republican who helped put it together said it was a bipartisan, non-political investigation. Their staff is going to say, ‘why didn’t you support this?’ They will get calls from the local press saying, ‘why didn’t you support this?’ This 35 gives some super octane as this thing moves over to the Senate. Senators will have to think, ‘do I work for Mitch McConnell, or when I go home do I answer to constituents?’ I think it’s a very big deal.”
“One more point, the Capitol Police wrote a letter asking, pleading with Congress to have this investigation,” Kasich continued. “They’ve never done anything like this that I have been aware of. These police said investigate it, please. That’s powerful.”
This came after 35 Republicans teamed up with Democrats to vote in favor of a “9/11-style” commission to investigate the the Capitol protests and riots that occurred on January 6. That bill, H.R. 3233 aka the “National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act,” passed the House with 252 votes in favor and 175 votes against the bill.
Find out which Republicans voted in favor of this bill below.
Here are the 35 Republicans who defied @GOPLeader and the rest of the Republican leadership to support the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol riot. Bolded names are those who voted to impeach Trump. (h/t @bensiegel) pic.twitter.com/NrPDXCzTGr
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) May 19, 2021