Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) says he “respectfully disagrees” with the family of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died a day after policing the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, on the value of a commission to investigate the events of that day.
In a statement, Johnson said he was “happy” to meet with Gladys Sicknick, Brian Sicknick’s mother, and his longtime girlfriend Sandra Garza, to offer “heartfelt condolences.”
Johnson also said he met with Officers Michael Fanone, who unsuccessfully attempted to arrange a meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and Harry Dunn, who previously detailed the racism that he and other Black officers faced wile defending the Capitol.
“As I did publicly at the time, I again condemn the grotesque violence, repugnant racial slurs, and other illegal acts that occurred on Jan. 6,” Johnson said. “All those who engaged in those repulsive acts should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
“I also asked what questions they regarding Jan. 6 they are seeking answers to. Although we respectfully disagreed on the added value of the proposed commission, I did commit to doing everything I could to ensure all their questions will be answered,” he said.
The mother of fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick and another D.C. police officer injured on the job during the Capitol riot will meet with GOP senators on Thursday to push them to support a proposed bipartisan commission to investigate the events of Jan. 6 — a measure Republicans are poised to block.
Gladys Sicknick, as well as Brian Sicknick’s longtime girlfriend Sandra Garza, had been seeking sit-downs with every single Senate GOP office to emphasize “the importance” of establishing an independent body to investigate the deadly insurrection, according to a copy of one of the scheduling request emails obtained by POLITICO. Brian Sicknick died a day following his response to the Jan. 6 attack after suffering from a stroke.
Michael Fanone, who suffered a heart attack and concussion while responding to the Jan. 6 attack, and Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn, who was pepper sprayed and maced while defending the Capitol, are slated to join Sicknick and Garza in some of their Senate meetings. Fanone had unsuccessfully sought a face-to-face with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy when that chamber was deliberating over the riot commission bill.
“Not having a January 6 Commission to look into exactly what occurred is a slap in the faces of all the officers who did their jobs that day,” Gladys Sicknick said in a statement provided to POLITICO. “I suggest that all Congressmen and Senators who are against this Bill visit my son’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery and, while there, think about what their hurtful decisions will do to those officers who will be there for them going forward.”
“Putting politics aside, wouldn’t they want to know the truth of what happened on January 6? If not, they do not deserve to have the jobs they were elected to do,” she added.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said Congress should not approve legislation set for a House vote on Wednesday that would set up a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol.
Johnson, a vocal supporter of the former President Trump, called the push for a 9/11-style commission to investigate Jan. 6 “a farce.”
“I hope no Republicans in the House vote for this,” Johnson said. “I hope nobody in the Senate embraces it either.”
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