Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Sunday he believes investigations into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol are politically advantageous to Democrats, even as a second Republican signed on to join a House panel investigating the attack.
Toomey said during a CNN State of the Union appearance on Sunday that investigating the attack is “politically to the advantage” of Democrats because it keeps the issue at the “forefront” of political discourse.
Toomey, who supported a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack that was blocked by his GOP colleagues in May, said “people do want to get to the bottom of it” but said a House select committee aimed at probing the incident is “purely partisan.”
The comments came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she planned to appoint Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) as the second Republican on the committee – which she later did – and that more Republicans have “expressed interest” in joining.
Pressed by host Jake Tapper about what his comments say about the GOP, Toomey said a “constant reminder about a terrible episode… which Donald Trump was at the heart of” deflects from a focus on President Joe Biden in the 2022 election.
Toomey’s comments were echoed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who accused Pelosi in a statement of structuring the committee to “satisfy her political objectives.”