Congressman Pete Stauber needs to please explain his vote against establishing an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. I learned of his comments regarding this matter, and, in my opinion, they were quite lame, no more than a regurgitation of the party line. His constituents deserved better.

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was violently assaulted while trying to protect Stauber and his colleagues and died a day later. How can Stauber be against conducting an investigation that would provide some answers for Sicknick’s mother and, like the 9/11 Commission, help prevent the same thing from happening again?

Stauber can please spare me the argument of how the FBI is already investigating the matter so there’s no need to do anything more. History shows the only way to fully investigate a tragedy such as this and get to the bottom of things is through an independent commission.

It was clear who officer Sicknick was trying to protect on Jan.6. Who is Stauber trying to protect by obstructing a full investigation of the assault?

Laura Gauger

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