“I fought very hard to have an independent, bipartisan, non-partisan outside commission to look at all the events of that day, and I’m very disappointed that it was not approved,” Collins of Maine said Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I think it would have had far more credibility than Speaker Pelosi’s partisan committee that she has set up,” Collins said of the California Democrat.
“We should have had a 9/11-style commission, to fully look at what happened,” Collins said.
The Republican lawmaker regretted that the House Speaker hand-picked GOP members of the committee rather than allowing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to select them, though Collins said she has “respect” for the two members of her party who are on it.
“I do not think it was right for the Speaker to decide which Republicans should be on the committee,” Collins said.
Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney are the couple of Republicans on the panel.
Collins’ criticism of Pelosi came following McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday, who pulled all six of the Republican politicians who were on the Democrats’ committee on economic disparities, because Pelosi obstructed a leading former President Donald Trump-advocate lawmaker from serving on the Jan. 6 select committee.
McCarthy had picked Trump-ally Jim Jordan of Ohio — along with Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana, Rodney Davis of Illinois, T. Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas — to serve on the riot investigation committee.
But Pelosi resisted Jordan and Banks, pressing McCarthy to remove all his nominations. She then appointed GOPer Adam Kinzinger, an outspoken critic of Trump, who joined the already-named Cheney.
Contacted for comment on the matter, McCarthy spokesman Matt Sparks confirmed to The Post that they pulled their members from the economic panel at the same time as the Jan. 6 select committee.
“That’s what we did at the time. We pulled them from immediate consideration. That’s not to say we won’t name [members to the inequality committee] in the future. We might,” Sparks said.
In June, Pelosi announced that she would set a select collection of lawmakers to study the riot at the Capitol in January after the Senate blocked the creation of a bipartisan commission to review the attempted coup.
On Jan. 6, Congress’ effort to confirm the results of November’s presidential election was thrown into turmoil, when Trump-supporting rioters charged the US Capitol building, in an attempt to overturn the results of November’s matchup between President Joe Biden and Trump.