On Friday, Republicans banned the formation of an independent commission of inquiry into the storming of the Capitol Building.
On January 6, hundreds of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, as lawmakers then confirmed Democrat Joe Biden had won the election. 5 people were killed and dozens were injured. They said that the ongoing parliamentary and police investigations are sufficient.
The proposal was voted on in Sentate by Republicans. It took 10 Republicans and 50 Democrats to reach a final Senate vote on the Inquiry Committee, which had previously been approved by the House of Representatives. Only six Republicans voted for him. Previously, Republicans had supported the proposal when the motion was introduced in the House of Representatives.
The result reflects the depth of divisions in the United States five months after the storming of the US Congress, and the influence of the former Republican president on his camp.
What are Republicans afraid of? Truth? We urgently need this committee, Democrat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said. “In recent months, Donald Trump has been spreading the big lie that the elections were cheated, and that he is in fact the real president who won the November 2020 elections,” Schumer said. .
Then thousands rallied behind the lie and gathered in Washington on January 6 to hear about Donald Trump. Hundreds of them entered the Capitol.
Republican senators Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney and Ben Sass voted for the commission of inquiry on Friday, and others, including party leader Mitch McConnell, voted against it. They saw the commission of inquiry merely a “purely political exercise” that added nothing to the ongoing police investigation, in which nearly 450 people have already been arrested.