UNITED STATES – The Republicans this Friday, May 28 blocked the creation of an independent commission of inquiry into the murderous assault on Capitol Hill on January 6 by supporters of Donald Trump, saying that the police and parliamentary investigations already underway were enough.
It would have taken ten Republican votes added to the 50 Democrats to limit the time for debate in the Senate and achieve a final simple majority vote on this committee, already approved by the House of Representatives.
Only six Republicans voted in favor, a result which testifies to the deep divisions still tearing the United States almost five months after the attack on the seat of the United States Congress, and the great influence that the former Republican president still exerts on his camp.
What are Republicans “afraid of? The truth? ”Exclaimed the leader of the Democratic majority Chuck Schumer just before the vote, promised to fail.
“We desperately need this commission. President Trump has propagated in recent months the ‘big lie’ that the elections were rigged, that he was in fact the real president ”victorious in the November 2020 poll, he denounced.
It was behind the slogan “Stop the electoral theft” that thousands of supporters gathered in Washington on January 6 to listen to Donald Trump. Several hundred had forced the entry of the Capitol, where the parliamentarians certified the victory of his democratic rival Joe Biden.
A commission supported by Joe Biden
Republican Senators Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney and Ben Sasse voted “yes” in the procedural vote on the committee this Friday.
The others, behind their leader in Senate Mitch McConnell, opposed it, seeing in its creation a “purely political exercise” which would add nothing to the police investigations already underway, with nearly 450 arrests among the rioters. .
Several senators were absent for this vote (54-35).
As of May 19, only 35 of 211 Republicans in the House of Representatives had voted in favor of its creation.
The defenders of this commission, supported by Joe Biden, argue that it would have included five members chosen by the Democrats and five others chosen by the Republicans, on the exact model of the one created after 9/11, which had benefited from a strong support on both sides.
Accused of “incitement to insurgency” by the House of Representatives, former President Donald Trump was acquitted in February after a trial in the Senate, for lack of sufficient votes among Republicans.
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