A mysterious letter appeared on Capitol Hill this week. It was addressed to all members of Congress in the United States. The letter arrived on official United States Capitol Police letterhead. But it wasn’t from the chief, or any particular officer.
Instead, the letter was signed: “Proud Members of the United States Capitol Police.” So it was anonymous. That was the first tip, it wasn’t your average security bulletin. And in fact it was not. It was more of a political demand. The letter called on members of Congress to vote “yes” to create a “January 6 insurgency commission”. Police officers anonymously ask that the people they protect vote in a certain way on a specific piece of legislation? I’ve never seen this before.
Most people thought the Capitol Hill Police Department was a law enforcement agency. Members of Congress certainly believe it. They entrust their lives to the Capitol Hill Police. This is why the Capitol Hill cops are not putting pressure on Congress. It would be a dangerous conflict of interest, backed by an implicit threat: do as we say or watch your back. In this case, that’s exactly what they were telling Republicans.
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“We, the United States Capitol Police, write this letter to express our deep disappointment at the recent comments from minority leaders in both houses. [Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell] expressing no need for commission on January 6. ”
“We must remain neutral and do our work with honor and integrity,” the letter continued. “It’s a shame that our ‘bosses’ [Congress] are not held to the same level as us, the USCP. “Well, that’s a ransom note. Imagine getting it from one of your own bodyguards. That might be enough to make you rethink your position, which was, of course, the point of it.
The Capitol Hill Police are now effectively an armed political action committee, so you must be wondering what other partisan demands will they make in the future? Do the cops on Capitol Hill have strong opinions on voter ID laws? What about taxpayer funded abortions or our next trade deal with China? If so, they have the muscle to make their voices heard. You can see why this sets a really bad precedent. But that didn’t bother Democrats. It helped them in the short term. So they immediately used this letter.
Representative Jamie Raskin from Maryland passed it around. His chief of staff sent the letter to every other chief of staff on Capitol Hill, along with this note: “Mr. Raskin hopes your bosses read this letter before the vote.”
Today, CNN said it found out who wrote the letter. Who was it? They won’t tell you. Because CNN agrees with the contents of the letter, they have decided to keep this information from the public. Sorry. You can not know. It’s not like the Capitol Hill police are Catholic schoolchildren from Kentucky. No, they are allies of CNN, and CNN has an obligation to protect them. And, of course, in this case the stakes are too high.
As Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reminded us yesterday, what happened on January 6 is comparable to the American Civil War:
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: What the Republicans are doing is more than crazy to be so far under the thumb of Donald J. Trump. Letting the most dishonest president in American history dictate the prerogatives of the Republican Party will be his demise … we all know there has to be a full and honest account of what happened on January 6th, the greatest attempted insurrection since the civil war.
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Oh, it was an insurrection. So, how many participants in this insurgency have been accused of insurrection, sedition, treason? Zero. By the Biden Justice Department. Instead, they were charged with trespassing.
But you can still see the similarities. During the civil war, more than half a million people were shot dead. On January 6, one person was shot and turned out to be an unarmed Trump voter who was shot without explanation by Capitol Hill police. But other than that, basically the same.
Rep. Tim Ryan from Ohio made an equally important point. He didn’t mention Gettysburg or Shiloh, but did point out that anyone who votes against this commission is responsible for climate change:
TIM RYAN: We have people climbing up the Capitol, hitting the Capitol police with lead pipes across the head and we can’t get bipartisanship… If we’re going to take on China, if we rebuild the country, if we are going to reverse climate change, we need two political parties in this country that both live in reality and you are not one of them!
Apparently, he made a compelling argument. Thirty-five Republicans in the House voted for the committee yesterday – they joined what Tim Ryan has described as the party that “lives on in reality” – the party that wears surgical masks on the outside and thinks it is possible to change gender. The celebration of reality.
One of the Republicans who voted with the reality TV party is Congressman Adam Kinzinger from Illinois.
“I support a bipartisan commission of January 6,” he wrote on Twitter. “It shouldn’t be a question of party politics or become a partisan struggle.” Of course not. You wouldn’t expect partisanship or party politics from Democrats in the House of Representatives. Quite funny.
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To be fair, Adam Kinzinger is widely regarded as one of the slowest members of Congress – Mazie Hirono is slow. So, it is quite possible that he had no idea what he was saying. Maybe he didn’t even write it down.
What is more difficult to explain are the several Republicans in the Senate, including Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine, who have suggested that they will also support the commission.
Unlike Adam Kinzinger, Collins and Cassidy can read without moving their lips. They know what is in the law. The bill that the House passed yesterday is taken directly from the law that created the 9/11 commission almost 20 years ago. This legislation instructed Congress “to investigate and report to the President and Congress on its findings, conclusions and recommendations for corrective action that can be taken to prevent acts of terrorism.”
It was the law of September 11.
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The new legislation behind a January 6 commission demands the same. Congress must “investigate and report to the President and Congress on its findings, conclusions and recommendations for corrective action … which could be taken to prevent future acts of targeted violence and domestic terrorism.”
Almost identical language. It is not accidental.
This is the new war on terrorism. But this war is not against Al Qaeda or Daesh. This war is directed against you, as well as anyone else who opposes the Democratic Party’s agenda.
This article is adapted from Tucker Carlson’s opening commentary on the May 20, 2021 edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight”.