Rubio: The January 6 Commission Is a ‘Partisan Scam’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

( – The January 6 Commission is “a partisan scam” designed to “embarrass and smear and harass as many Republicans as they can get their hands on,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“Anybody who committed crimes on January 6 should be prosecuted. If you entered the Capitol and you committed acts of violence, and you were there to hurt people, you should be prosecuted, and they are being prosecuted, but the January 6 commission is not the place to do this. That’s what prosecutors are supposed to do,” Rubio said.

“This commission is a partisan scam. They’re going after — they’re — the purpose of that commission is to try to embarrass and smear and harass as many Republicans as they can get their hands on,” the senator said.

“That’s what you believe your two Republican colleagues are doing, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger?” host Margaret Brennan asked.

“I know that’s what the commission is doing, because they’re focused well beyond January 6. There are people, for example, like in an older member of the RNC whose husband just died, and she wasn’t even in Washington on January 6,” Rubio said.

“She signed some papers. She wasn’t even in Washington on January 6. She can’t afford to lawyer up, and she’s being harassed by this commission. This commission is nothing but a partisan tool designed to go out and smear and attack and get their hands on as many people as they can, including people that weren’t in Washington on January 6,” he said.

When asked whether he agreed with former Vice President Mike Pence that he had no right to overturn the election, Rubio said, “Well, if President Trump runs for reelection, I believe he would defeat Joe Biden, and I don’t want Kamala Harris to have the power as vice president to overturn that election, and I don’t — that’s the same thing that I concluded back in January of 2021. 

When asked if Trump was wrong, Rubio said, “Well, as I said, I just don’t think a vice president has that power, because, if a vice president has that power, Donald Trump would defeat Joe Biden in four years or two years, and then Kamala Harris can decide not — to overturn the election. I don’t want to wind up there.”