The mother of fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick and another D.C. police officer who was at the Capitol riot met with GOP Senators on Thursday to push them to support the proposed bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6, an effort that was ultimately blocked by Republicans.
Gladys Sicknick, as well as Brian Sicknick’s longtime girlfriend Sandra Garza, sought sit-downs with every Senate GOP office to emphasize “the importance” of establishing an independent body to investigate the riot, according to a copy of one of the scheduling request emails that POLITICO obtained. Brian Sicknick died a day after the January 6 events, after suffering a stroke.
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Michael Fanone, who suffered a heart attack and concussion while responding to the January 6 riot, as well as Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn, who was pepper sprayed and maced during the riot, joined Garza and Sicknick in their Senate meetings. Fanone had previously sought a face-to-face with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy when the House was deliberating over the commission bill, but his efforts were unsuccessful.
In a statement to POLITICO, Gladys Sicknick said, “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. 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.” Continuing, she said, “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.”
Among the GOP senators who met with the group was Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. In a statement on the meeting, Johnson said, “I also asked what questions 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.”
ARTICLE: CHLOE CHANDLER
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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