Friday, June 10, 2022

the last book I ever read (This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America's Future, excerpt five)

from This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America's Future by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns:

The one thing McCarthy was clear about—even as he wrestled with impeachment, censure, resignation, and more—was that the country needed to know the truth of what happened on January 6. And the way to make sure that happened, he believed, was through a bipartisan commission.

“We need to have all the facts, especially for all of us,” he told a gathering of House Republicans several days after the attack. “And we should do it in a bipartisan manner.”

Before the end of the month, McCarthy’s appetitie for punishing Trump would disappear completely. He would be photographed on January 28 posing happily beside the ousted president at Mar-a-Lago. By the spring, McCarthy’s interest in a bipartisan inquiry would vanish, too. At Trump’s encouragement, McCarthy and his leadership team whipped votes against legislation to enact the very idea he had proposed in the wake of the attack on the Capitol.

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