House Republicans took a beating on Twitter Wednesday after a report in USA TODAY claimed the GOP blocked a vote that would have created an independent commission to investigate allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. (The report was published before news broke Wednesday afternoon that Robert Mueller had been appointed as special counsel to take over the Russia investigation.)

According to USA TODAY:

House Republicans blocked a vote Wednesday on legislation to create an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

A Democratic effort to force a vote failed, with only one Republican – Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina – joining them in a procedural vote that would have allowed them to bring up the bill.

The bill’s 199 cosponsors include two Republicans – Jones and Rep. Justin Amash, of Michigan. Amash voted with his party to block bringing up the bill.

Voted to block the same bill he cosponsored? That’s … strange. Maybe there was no such vote Wednesday.

According to The Hill, House Democrats are collecting names on a discharge position that would move the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would create a 12-member, bipartisan investigative commission, out of committee and to the House floor for a vote.

Amash, along with Rep. Walter Jones, are the only two Republicans so far to have signed on to the petition.

Correction: While Amash did cosponsor of Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell’s bill to create and independent commission, he did not sign the discharge petition, which is an attempt to force a vote on the bill.

DNC chair Tom Perez got it right in a tweet Wednesday morning — the part about the discharge petition, at least.

The Democrats on the House Oversight Committee and the DNC’s deputy chair, however, retweeted the USA TODAY story as it stood, with the claim that the House had voted down the creation of an independent commission.

That tweet garnered nearly 1,000 likes and more than 1,500 retweets after being up six hours and generated plenty of criticism of the GOP.

Repeat: Nobody voted on the bill Wednesday. No wonder Amash is especially keen to have the record corrected.

Haven’t you heard? It’s the golden age of political reporting.

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