Republicans in the U.S. Senate blocked a proposal to establish an independent commission to investigate the January 6 attack of Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol.
A bill, which seeks to create a commission based on which it investigated al-Qaeda attacks in 2001, failed in a key procedural vote on Friday.
“We all know what’s going on here. Senate Republicans chose to defend the “Big Lie” because they feared that anything that could upset Donald Trump could hurt them politically, “Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said after Friday’s vote.
On Thursday, Schumer pointed the riot directly at Trump, saying: “Instead of accepting the election results and supporting the peaceful transfer of power … former President Trump lied bluntly, repeatedly, about the results of elections and fomented an armed rebellion, an armed rebellion in the United States Capitol. “
Republicans said they feared the commission was aimed at discrediting former President Trump and that it would be politically detrimental to his party leading to the 2022 congressional elections.
“I have been clear and inflexible in my statements on Jan. 6,” said Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell.
“There’s nothing new about that day that we need to uncover the Democrats’ foreign commission, ”said McConnell, who characterized the proposed commission as a partisan effort to tarnish former President Donald Trump.
The proposed commission would investigate the events of January 6, when hundreds of Trump supporters crossed the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress gathered to formally ratify President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.
He would be in charge of examining the security and intelligence failures that led to the non-compliance and also influencing factors, including Trump’s role. The panel should publish a final report by December 31st.
Legislation established by the commission passed the House of Representatives led by Democrats with the support of 35 right-wing Republicans last week. The bill needed 60 votes in the Senate, but only got 54 with 35 Republicans against.
The bill would provide the same position to Republicans and Democrats on a ten-member commission. But he failed to gain the support of Republican leaders and Trump loyalists.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Trump supporter and Trump supporter asserts the former president’s conspiracy, warned fellow Republicans last week not to support the commission.
“What will happen to the Jan. 6 commission is that the media will use this to tarnish Trump supporters and President Trump for years to come,” he said in statements to the House.
Democrats have blamed Trump for inciting insurgency in the attack. The former president had promoted a rally of his supporters on the same day that Congress was to ratify Biden’s election as president.
In an ardent speech in front of the assembled crowd, Trump claimed the election had been stolen by fraud and urged those attending the rally to march on the Capitol.
The bill was supported by four moderate Republicans Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Rob Portman and Mitt Romney. Democrats expressed frustration at opposition to a bipartisan public inquiry.
“The brave police officers who stopped this attack and all the Americans who watched in real time how our free and fair democratic process was being attacked deserve answers and responsibilities,” said Democratic Sen. Gary Peters.
Gladys Sicknick, the mother of the late Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick, who died after fighting riot police, had implored Republican senators in the days leading up to the vote to support the commission.
According to a report published in the Politico newspaper, he said the Senate’s failure to set up an independent commission was “a slap in the face to all the officers who did their job that day.”
Some 440 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol’s breach on Jan. 6, according to the FBI, which continues to search for others identified in videos of the crowd.
In addition to Department of Justice investigations, several congressional committees are investigating and with the defeat in the Senate of an independent committee there will be convocations for a selective congressional committee.
The co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission, former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, and Rep. Lee Hamilton, who led the investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks, offered their support last week. to the proposed committee.
“Americans deserve an objective and accurate account of what happened,” Kean and Hamilton had said.