Republicans led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked the proposal last week; the vote was 54-35 in favor of the commission, leaving six votes less than the total needed to end a filibuster. Among the 11 senators who did not vote, at least three would be in favor of the commission.
“We think there were a few other people who would have voted if they had been present,” Crow told host Chuck Todd. “The question is whether we can get those three or four more votes or are we going to have to take a select committee on the House side or some sort of joint House-Senate committee and do it ourselves? do not know.”
Crow said it was essential that the Jan.6 attack be further investigated. “What we really need to know is what Donald Trump was doing in the hours leading up to the riot?” he said. “During the riot, what was he talking about or telling his advisers? What happened with this discussion with [House Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy? ”
Crow said that only “a bipartite commission or select committee with subpoena power” is likely to get such responses.
McConnell said it was time to move past the events of the day for the sake of healing, although other Republicans have taken their objections to a commission further. Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) Recently compared the events of that day to “a normal sightseeing visit,” and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Called those who were there that day as “Peaceful patriots”.
Crow has much less benign views of that day.
“I called my wife, I told her I loved her. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get out of that room like dozens or other members, like journalists, policemen over there.” , he said.