Gladys Siknik, the mother of fallen US Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknik, said she hoped her meetings with GOP senators today would change her views. Whether to vote for the January 6 commission.
“I hope so. I hope so. Brian didn’t have the morality to work backwards from anyone. He was just for our country,” she said. “He was just doing his job and he got stuck in it, it’s very sad.”
She said she usually “stays in the background, but I can’t keep quiet anymore.”
Siknik Meeting with more than a dozen members Of the Senate before their vote on what constituted a commission to investigate what happened on 6 January.
Only three GOP senators – Utah’s censor Mitt Romney, Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski – have expressed their support for advancing the law, and Democrats need at least 10 Republicans.
“We need a commission,” Collins said Wednesday. But she wants the Senate to vote on an amendment addressing her two main concerns with the bill: the chairman appoints staff (in consultation with the vice president), and the commission’s work can last for the first two months of the election year . Schumer has said that a separate Republican staff would be “warring” unstable with the Democratic staff.
Siknik was joined today by his son’s longtime girlfriend, Sandra Garza, DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanon, United States Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn and former Congressman Barbara Comstock.
“We are very grateful for Senator Romney and his support,” Garza said after his meeting with the Utah senator, who supports the commission. “We do not want other people to be harmed or to do so again.”
Garza said that members who are considering voting against the law should “see footage of what happened, it is very clear that it was not a peaceful day.”
“Had it not been the sixth January, Brian would still have been here,” Dunn said.
And from outside GOP Sen. Ron Johnson’s office, he said his message was:
“Just look at the footage of all these people, and all these police officers did to protect them, to keep them safe.”
He said “yes I did”, calling Congress inaction a slap in the face, as he wrote in his letter.
“Because they put their lives on the line,” she said.
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CNN’s Alex Rogers, Manu Raju and Ted Barrett contributed reporting on the post.