Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations to examine U.S.-Russia policy with testimony from Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)
UPDATED 9:01 AM PT – Monday, February 7, 2022
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said the January 6 Committee is an illegitimate Democrat attempt to discredit conservatives. In an interview Sunday, the Florida lawmaker said if any crimes were committed in the capitol on January 6 they should be investigated and prosecuted by prosecutors, not a partisan panel.
“This commission is a partisan scam,” he stated. “The purpose of that commission is to try to embarrass and smear and harass as many Republicans as they can get their hands on.”
Rubio pointed out that the Democrat panel is going after people who were not even on Capitol Hill on that day. He added, there’s no need for a congressional committee to harass Americans for their political views.
“This commission is nothing but a partisan tool designed to go out and smear,” said the Republican. “And attack and get their hands on as many people as they can, including people that weren’t in Washington on January 6th. I think that commission is a scam. I think it’s a complete partisan scam.”
Meanwhile, dozens of January 6 protesters are still held in the D.C. jail where attorneys say they face inhumane conditions.