May 20, 2021

Braun Dismisses Need For Jan. 6 Commission

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.)  - FILE: Brandon Smith/IPB News

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.)

FILE: Brandon Smith/IPB News

U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) echoed talking points from prominent conservatives in dismissing calls to create a commission to study the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection.

The bipartisan legislation would form a group modeled after the 9/11 Commission.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came out against forming the group and Braun followed suit.

Braun claimed the commission has been "sensationalizing it [the insurrection], generalizing upon the horrific nature of what occurred that day and the longer that extends the more political it seems," he said.

Braun said the commission would discover nothing law enforcement agencies haven’t already found while investigating and charging hundreds in association with attack.

Many charged in the attacks testified under oath they were incited by Republicans and former President Donald Trump’s calls to “stop the steal.”

Braun, who voiced multiple public concerns over the validity of election results, ultimately certified results immediately after the insurrection.

The senator said many of his initial questions were answered.

“Were there some irregularities? I found out most of our research that a lot of what had been done had been done legally by local election commissions, local jurisdictions,” Braun told reporters Wednesday.

At least a half dozen Hoosiers face federal charges for their role in the attack on the Capitol.

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