Sunday, June 13

Republicans block the opening of a commission of inquiry into the robbery of the Capitol

One of the moments of the assault on the Capitol.

One of the moments of the assault on the Capitol.

The Republican caucus in the United States Senate has blocked, as all the forecasts anticipated, the opening of a bipartisan commission to investigate the assault carried out by the followers of the former president of the United States Donald Trump January 6th.

Six Republican Senators, Lisa Murkowski, from Alaska; Rob Portman, from Ohio; Ben Sasse, from Nebraska; Bill Cassidy, from Louisiana; Mitt Romney, from Utah; and Susan Collins of Maine have broken ranks with their party and contributed their vote to the Democratic caucus. However, the 54 votes in favor (by 35 against) have fallen far short of the 60 necessary to proceed.

The bill for the opening of the commission was approved by the House last week by a vote of 252-175, with 35 Republicans in favor. However, the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, avHe announced that he would do everything possible to block the commission in the Upper House, understanding that the investigation carried out by the US security agencies was already sufficient to understand the scope of the assault and clarify responsibilities, if necessary.

In fact, aside from those investigations, there are two others underway within Congress itself: those undertaken by the Senate Rules Committee and the Government Affairs and National Security Committee.

Some Republicans, like the senator from Indiana Mike Braun or your colleague for Dakota del Sur, John Thune, have recognized that the decision to block the commission has a strong political component given that it could turn public opinion against the Republican Party, some of whose members -the ideologically closest to the former president- have been accused of instigating or, therefore, least, tacitly admit, the assault on the Capitol.

The Republican senator Lisa Murkowski he criticized his colleagues who opposed the bill after accusing his party of putting electoralism before a national security issue. “We cannot pretend that nothing bad happened or that someone just lost their temper. Something bad happened and we must make it clear. It was not a group of tourists passing by, nor a petty protest”, lament.

The chamber’s measure called for the creation of a bipartisan commission, similar to the one in charge of investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks, with five members per party.

However, the rejection of this commission does not put an end at all to a possible investigation of the assault in Congress. The Democratic Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Jim Clyburnhe said Thursday in CNN who would urge the speaker of the chamber, the also democrat Nancy Pelosi, to empower a special committee, purely Democratic, in the style of what the Republicans did after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

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