Democrats advance the selection committee after Republicans block the commission to investigate riots by Trump supporters.
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to set up a special committee to investigate the events of Jan. 6, when supporters of former President Donald Trump assaulted police and assaulted Congress while meeting to ratify the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States.
The new committee will be made up mostly of Democrats and will be responsible for examining the U.S. Capitol insurgency, Trump’s role in it, and so on. threat of violent extremism in the US.
“What we are looking for is the truth,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat. “Everyone here knows that January 6 was an attempt to subvert our democracy.”
The House voted 222-190 to establish the Jan. 6 poll. Republican leaders opposed the creation of the special research group, as well as a previous proposal to create a bipartisan commission similar to one that investigated the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda attacks.
More than 140 members of the U.S. Capitol Police and the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police were injured in the riot, which had followed a rally and ardent speech of Trump at the National Mall where he claimed the election had been stolen.
Thousands of Trump supporters marched in the Capitol building where the House and Senate met to officially count the election votes for the president, a constitutionally required procedure.
Crowds attacked police and barricaded over barricades to invade the historic building he was sending, Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress running down the aisles to protect the rooms.
One of Trump’s supporters was shot by police while trying to enter the House lobby and three other Trump supporters were killed for health reasons during the riot. A police officer who confronted the assailants collapsed and later died of a stroke. Two police officers later committed suicide.
In the months following the attack, 500 people have been arrested according to charges related to Capitol breach and 130 have been charged with assaulting or deterring police, according to the FBI.
Capitol police officials have urged members of Congress to conduct a thorough investigation into what happened and Pelosi invited police to sit in the public galleries of the House for Wednesday’s vote.
The committee will consist of 13 members appointed by the Speaker of the House, five of whom will be appointed after consultation with minority leader Kevin McCarthy.
It is unclear which Republicans Pelosi will place on the committee. House Republican leader McCarthy declined to say on June 29 whether he would try to appoint members of his group to the committee.
“The speaker never told me about it,” McCarthy told CNN.
Several Trump supporters who continue to defend the conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen have expressed interest in joining the committee. Two critics of Trump, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, are possibly named Republicans by Pelosi.
“The January 6 attack was an unprecedented assault on Congress and the functioning of our democratic process,” Cheney said in a statement in favor of the investigation.
“This research can only be successful if it is sober, professional and non-partisan,” Cheney said.
Two of the officers who responded, Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone and Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, had met with McCarthy last week and asked that the house investigation be taken seriously, according to reported The Associated Press.
The committee will examine the evidence developed by the police and intelligence agencies and try to delve into it. other research already underway in Congress and the FBI.
One of the committee’s key focuses will be “influencing factors,” including “how technology, including online platforms, funding and foreign influence, and malicious campaigns may have taken into account motivation, organization, and execution of the national terrorist attack “.
The selection committee will have subpoena power and a budget for consultants and is expected to hold public hearings before submitting a final report to the House.