Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, tells CNN he is upset with Republican senators who are refusing to vote for the formation of the Jan. 6 commission.
“There is no excuse for any Republican to vote against this commission since Democrats have agreed to everything they asked for. McConnell has made this his political position, thinking it will help his 2022 elections. They do not believe the truth will set you free, so they continue to live in fear,” Manchin said.
Manchin later said his statement to CNN “really wasn’t fiery. It’s just honest,” and that he just wants to get the truth out.
“That really wasn’t fiery. It’s just honest. And I’m hoping we have enough good Republican friends that look at it from the standpoint and want to get the truth out,” he said. But he insisted he’s not upset.
“I’m not upset. I’m just basically, the Democrats have basically given everything they asked for any impediment they would have been there and there’s no reason not to now. Unless you just don’t want to hear the truth," he said.
He would not answer any question on whether he’d reconsider his stance on the filibuster. Manchin, who is a key swing vote in the Senate, has previously said he would not back a nuclear option, or a rules change to overcome an expected GOP filibuster, to get the commission bill passed.
So far, only three — Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — have expressed their support for advancing the legislation, and Democrats need at least 10 Republicans to pass the bill.