OPINION

Jake LaTurner, Tracey Mann, Ron Estes voted against a commission to study insurrection. What were they thinking?

By The Editorial Advisory Board
Ron Estes, Jake LaTurner and Tracey Mann voted against the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the violent insurrection at the Capitol.

We can’t forget what happened Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C. But U.S. Reps. Jake LaTurner, Tracey Mann and Ron Estes sure seem to want us to.

All three voted against the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the violent insurrection at the Capitol on the day that votes from electors across the country were officially counted. President Trump, lest we forget, whipped his supporters into a lather and set them loose with the aim of thwarting the election of Joe Biden.

It was an act of political terror.

When terrorists from other countries crashed planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, our senators and representatives united to battle the threat. Sept. 11, 2001 was a terrible day, and lawmakers were determined to get to the bottom of the attacks.

Who knew about the threat in advance and what did they do about it? How could we stop it from happening in the future?

Republicans should be just as curious to know what happened Jan. 6. What did President Trump know, when did he know it and what did he do about it? What role did his closest advisers play in fomenting the unrest? Why did it take so long to muster troops? Why were security officials so reluctant to stop the rioters, and why weren’t more arrested at the scene?

Let’s be clear here: If it emerged that Trump and those around him planned to create violence and disrupt the peaceful transfer of power on Jan. 6, if they purposefully delayed securing the Capitol, that would be a scandal unlike any in the history of our country.

We would hope that LaTurner, Mann and Estes are curious about these questions. We would hope they want to know that Trump — the man they ardently support — did the right thing during a trying time. And if they don’t want to know, why would you suppose that might be?

There were 35 House Republicans with the moral fortitude to vote for the commission. They should be commended for the common sense that Kansas’ representatives sorely lack.

Now the bill heads to the U.S. Senate. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already voiced opposition to the bipartisan bill. That may provide cover for our U.S. senators, Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran. But should they be looking for cover? Or should they simply do what’s right?

Donald Trump lost the election. Joe Biden won. Our former president attempted to destroy our democracy. No matter your party, that deserves not only condemnation but close investigation.

We can’t allow it to happen again.