WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: The lead GOP negotiators on the bipartisan infrastructure legislation, L-R, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) speak to reporters after meeting privately with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at the U.S. Capitol on July 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. The group told reporters that they now have an agreement with Senate Democrats on the major issues of the bill. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 28: The lead GOP negotiators on the bipartisan infrastructure legislation, L-R, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) speak to reporters after meeting privately with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the U.S. Capitol. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) said she believes Jan. 6 was a very dark day for the U.S., but she also said that doesn’t legitimize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) partisan committee. Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, she said she doesn’t believe the committee will be seen as credible.

She went on to say how she fought hard for a bipartisan commission and is disappointed that such was not approved. “I think it would have had far more credibility than Pelosi’s partisan committee that she has set up,” Collins said referring to her hopes there would be a 9/11 style commission.

Immediately running cover for Pelosi, Tapper interjected to defend the stance that the committee actually was partisan because of the presence of anti-Trump Republicans Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.). When asked if she trusted the pair’s judgement, Collins said she does, but how it still did not mean the committee would be fair.

Tapper commented again, trying to justify Pelosi throwing Republicans Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Jim Banks (Ind.) off the committee and called them “election liars” for their reluctance to certify what they saw as a fraudulent election.

Collins is the latest in a long line of Republicans to openly call the commission partisan. Even among Republican senators who voted to convict President Trump in the second impeachment, Collins isn’t the first to speak up. Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R) also supported a bipartisan commission to look into the events of that day.

However, in an interview last week, Toomey said the point of Pelosi’s partisan commission is to target all Republicans. “I think we should be candid about the fact that it is politically to the advantage of Democrats to try to keep this issue in the forefront,” said Toomey.

Meanwhile, the Democrat commission had its first meeting last week. While it involved many tears and bold allegations, polls showed more Americans thought Congress should spend its time investigating last summer’s rioting over spending time on Jan. 6.

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