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 are opposed to 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. There are 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans in the Senate. Six Republican senators had spoken out in favor of the investigation. But ten 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 supporters of the ex-president wanted to prevent 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 have been a commission of inquiry on the occasion of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Afraid of the midterm elections
According to observers, the Republicans are primarily worried about 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 even downplay the violence of January 6.
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.