TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Miss., voted against the bill to create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Thirty-five House Republicans voted for the bill, including Rep. Michael Guest, also of Mississippi.
Rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an attempt to stop the formal approval of Joe Biden's electoral votes.
U.S. Rep. Michael Guest (R-MS) | Source: guest.house.gov
The remaining GOP members voted alongside Kelly, and all Democrats voted for the bill.
The final vote was 252-175. The bill moves to the U.S. Senate for a vote.
WTVA reporter Chelsea Brown spoke with Kelly on Friday about his vote.
"It was completely staffed and completely chosen by Democrats, and we know it was a political effort," he said.
Kelly said the investigation does not need to be partisan or driven by one committee.
"I am one of the primary ones who wants to get to the bottom of what happened on January 6th."
He does believe there should be an independent investigation done with the FBI and the intelligence community.
“I believe the long conversations that have happened over the last few months have produced a commission that is fair and is structured," Guest.
When asked about Guest's vote, Kelly said, "Every piece of legislation up there I can find a reason to vote yes for and a reason to vote no for."