Then, when asked by host Margaret Brennan if the RNC spoke for him when he said the House committee “persecutes ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political speech”, Rubio again toed the line, saying that anyone who entered the Capitol and committed acts of violence should be prosecuted.
“But the January 6 commission is not the place to do that. That’s what prosecutors are supposed to do,” he said. “This commission is a partisan scam. The purpose of this commission is to try to embarrass, smear and harass as many Republicans as they can get their hands on.
Rubio wasn’t the only one dancing around questions about Pence and the RNC on Sunday.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said he voted to certify the election and congratulated Pence and Trump, adding that he hopes “they can work out their differences.” Asked about the RNC censorship of Cheney on “Fox News Sunday,” he noted that she had already been censored in their state and disagreed with her on a number of issues ranging from the select committee the dismissal of the former president.
“Liz is going to have to travel the state and make her case to Wyoming voters if she’s going for reelection,” Barrasso said.
representing Michael McCaul (R-Texas) — who has previously defended Cheney — spoke along the same lines as Rubio, when asked if he supported the RNC’s statement and actions. On ABC’s “This Week,” he said he condemned the violence and believed criminal actors should be prosecuted, but the problem with the committee was that many Republicans saw it as a way to “weaponize ” January 6th.
He brushed off repeated questions about the RNC statement by launching party unity.
“And, you know, why are we talking about this resolution?” McCaul said. “Why don’t Republicans talk about the failures of the Biden administration? In Afghanistan, you know, with this Ukraine/Russia thing, with China, you know, everywhere in the world, the border is wide open.