Some Trump supporters did not want to accept the election defeat. As a result, hundreds stormed the Capitol in Washington in January, killing them. Now the Republicans oppose an investigation into the incident.
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The Republicans have blocked a commission in the US Senate that should have investigated the storm on the Capitol on January 6th. 60 votes would have been needed to set up the bipartisan commission of inquiry. The result of the vote was 54 to 35 in the end. There are 50 Democrats and 50 in the Senate republican. 11 senators stayed away from the vote.
Six Republican senators had voted in favor of the investigation, including Mitt Romney, Bill Cassidy, Rob Portman, Ben Sasse, Susan M. Collins, and Lisa Murkowski. With the exception of Rob Portman, they had already voted for the second impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. But ten senators would have been necessary.
On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, DC after giving a speech. Many carried weapons with them, five people died in skirmishes with the police. The ex-president’s supporters wanted the election of Joe Biden as the new US president. Read more about this here.
The commission of inquiry sought by the Democrats would have been set up on an equal footing with experts from both parties. The claim would have been to investigate the Capitol Tower, also to better protect Congress from such attacks in the future. The model would be a commission of inquiry on the occasion of the terrorist attacks of 11. September 2001.
Afraid of the midterm elections
According to observers, the Republicans are primarily concerned with the fear of new negative headlines about Trump, which is still very popular among the grassroots – with a view to the congressional elections in 2022, among other things. Some conservative politicians are even talking about the violence of January 6th small.
For example, the MP Andrew Clyde recently caused a sensation with the statement that the scenes in the Capitol had in part looked like a “normal tourist visit”. Trump himself said there was “no threat” to parliamentarians in the attack.
The chairman of the House of Representatives, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi, had already indicated that if the Senate were blocked, she would set up a less robustly equipped investigative body for which no separate law would be required. This would mean that the majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives would be sufficient; the Senate could not block such an investigation.