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Opinion | The Republicans and the Jan. 6 Commission

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To the Editor:

Re “Republicans Block Independent Commission on Jan. 6 Riot” (, May 28):

“I can’t imagine anyone voting against the establishing of a commission on the greatest assault since the Civil War on the Capitol,” President Biden said. Well, Mr. President, they did, and it’s about time for you to get tough!

Senate Republicans filibustered a bipartisan bill to create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. This proves once and for all that the filibuster doesn’t encourage bipartisan compromise. It impedes it.

As the Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, said in a floor speech immediately after the vote, “Shame on the Republican Party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they’re afraid of Donald Trump.”

Richard A. French
Pasadena, Calif.

To the Editor:

The G.O.P., the alleged “law and order” party, blocks the formation of a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt at the Capitol.

This should send a strong message to all police officers across our country about how blatantly hypocritical the party really is. It has proved once and for all that it doesn’t care one iota about the men and women who have sworn to protect it or our citadel of democracy.

Richard Cohen
Delray Beach, Fla.

To the Editor:

After senators heard the anguish from the loved ones of the victims and yet most of the Republicans adamantly refused to launch an investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection, I finally understood how the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, which took up to 300 Black lives and destroyed the Greenwood district, went uninvestigated for 80 years.

It’s sad that party politics trumps common decency and justice.

Paul L. Newman
Merion Station, Pa.

The Children of Gaza

To the Editor:

“They Were Just Children” (front-page photo montage and two International pages, May 28) is heartbreaking. Indeed, like all children, they were too young to die and much too young to be exploited by a Hamas leadership that values their deaths for propaganda purposes and not their lives as children and future contributors to a better world.

By launching rockets indiscriminately at Israel from locations near civilian areas, Gaza’s Hamas terrorist leaders demonstrate their willingness to sacrifice these children and their families.

My heart cries out in sorrow and anger at such a terrible world.

Michele Braun
Pound Ridge, N.Y.

The Virus and the Wuhan Lab: Was Trump Right?

To the Editor:

Re “President Orders Report in 90 Days on Virus Origins” (front page, May 27):

When President Donald Trump and his advisers called Covid the “Chinese virus” or the “Wuhan virus” and theorized that it had escaped from research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the mainstream media and Democrats harshly dismissed the ideas as xenophobic and a kooky conspiracy theory.

When Mr. Trump began the withdrawal of the U.S. from the World Health Organization because he believed that it was shielding China from legitimate scrutiny of its role in creating the pandemic and endangering the world, the same media criticized Mr. Trump, not the W.H.O. and China. Mr. Biden called the withdrawal wrongheaded.

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