GOP ‘Shadow’ Jan 6 Group to Release Report Countering Select Committee’s Anti-Trump Narrative

House Republicans are reportedly planning to release their own report on the events of Jan 6, 2021, in response to the expected report from the select committee investigating the siege on the US Capitol.

According to a senior Republican source, the GOP’s report will be over 100 pages long and will be released at the same time as the select committee’s report, which is expected to be around 1,000 pages, Axios reports.

The GOP report is expected to focus on security failures and possible legislative and policy changes, while the select committee’s report is expected to center on President Donald Trump.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), leader of the shadow group, characterized the select committee’s focus on Trump is “all about political payback.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has requested the preservation of all materials related to the select committee’s investigation and has stated that when Republicans take control in January, they will hold hearings into the security failures on Jan 6.

Axios reported in early February of this year that House Republicans were conducting their own investigation of the Jan 6 unrest at the U.S. Capitol, placing blame on the Capitol security apparatus for negligence:

House Republicans, conducting their own investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection, plan to accuse the Capitol security apparatus of "negligence at the highest levels," Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) tells Axios.

Why it matters: By placing blame on the building's top security officials, this shadow investigation gives the GOP an alternative frame for discussing the 2021 Capitol assault.

Banks told us the GOP investigators — who consist of exiles denied seats on the formal Jan. 6 committee, controlled by Democratic leaders — have "absolutely" uncovered new information.