Well, it seems like what a lot of Republicans, especially on the Senate side, have made the choice that it’s riskier to have the commission than to vote against a bipartisan commission, because the risk is that, once again, as we have seen in these last two elections, 2018 and 2020, if the election is a referendum on Donald Trump, if Donald Trump is the center of the conversation, the political conversation, that’s not good for Republicans.
You have heard folks like Susan Collins this weekend say, look, I’m all for having a commission. Here’s the thing. I want to make sure that the report comes out at the end of 2021. In other words, I don’t want this used by Democrats to hit us over the head in an election year.
And even though there are Republicans in the Senate who had supported impeachment, saying, look, we have so many other avenues to investigate this attack — we know the Justice Department is looking at this. We know that other committees in Congress are looking at this. I just don’t think we need yet one more commission.
But it seems, fundamentally, the worry is that Democrats are going to use this to once again remind voters about what they didn’t like about Donald Trump in an election year.