Upton speaks in support of creating commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection
Upton: “We need the answers, not political rhetoric. That's what this bipartisan commission can provide for all of us, for our country"
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today spoke on the House floor in support of creating an independent commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
You can watch his remarks HERE, and below is a transcript:
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. January 6th is going to haunt this institution for a long, long time. No, it was not a joyous day on Capitol Hill with our constituents celebrating the start of a new Congress and a new Administration.
COVID came first and then this. So nearly five months later, we still don't have the answers to the basic questions. Who knew what when? What did they do about it?
I want to thank my colleagues, Katko and Thompson, for the really good job on working together to establish a bipartisan commission, seeking to find the answers to the questions that are still out there.
You know hundreds of people were arrested, people died, millions of dollars of damage to this building, feces spread on the walls. And, yes, the very core of democracy - this institution - was threatened.
You know I was not in the chamber that day and when the breach was attempted, but I heard the shouts, saw the flash bangs, smelled the gas on that sorry day. And if it had not been for the brave Capitol and Metropolitan Police men and women that day, who knows how many of our heads would have been swinging on those gallows that were constructed on the east front of the Capitol?
I talked to the exhausted SWAT team members, the police, and [I] watched some of the body cams. I talked to some of our still shaken colleagues who endured that day. We need the answers, not political rhetoric. That's what this bipartisan commission can provide for all of us, for our country. Let the truth shine in.”