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    (May 18) House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy said he opposes the plan to set up a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, even though it was negotiated by the top Republican and Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.

    McCarthy said the commission could interfere with federal investigations into the incident and that its proposed scope was too narrow, focusing only on Jan. 6 and not unrest around Black Lives Matter protests or another attack last month on a Capitol police officer.

    “Given the political misdirections that have marred this process, given the now duplicative and potentially counterproductive nature of this effort, and given the Speaker’s shortsighted scope that does not examine interrelated forms of political violence in America, I cannot support this legislation,” McCarthy said in a statement.

    The House is set to vote this week on the creation of the commission, as well as a $2 billion special funding bill to bolster Capitol security. The plan to investigate the insurrection by a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters that interrupted the certification of electoral votes has caused a schism in the Republican Party. Ten House Republicans broke ranks and voted to impeach Trump in the aftermath. House Republicans last week ousted Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership post after she warned that Trump’s repeated lies about election fraud were dangerous for the party and the country.

    Despite McCarthy’s opposition, his chief deputy, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, is not planning to urge members to oppose the legislation, according to spokeswoman Lauren Fine.

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