Capitol riots, the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives has approved a commission to investigate the Capitol riot, with Republican support. Thirty-five Republicans defied their party leaders, and former President Donald Trump voted 252-175 in favour of the investigation about the Capitol riot. Mr Trump had urged Republicans to avoid the “Democrat pit” by voting no.
BREAKING: The House has voted to create an independent commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The legislation now heads to the Senate, where top Republicans are working to stop it. https://t.co/oZRWrjdm21
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 19, 2021
The bill seems to have a slim chance of passing the upper chamber. Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, described it as “slanted.” The investigation about the capitol riot will be modelled after the 9/11 commission that looked into the attacks on New York and Washington. It would create a 10-member committee, evenly divided between the two major parties, that would make recommendations by the end of the year on how to avoid another Capitol invasion.
Congress stormed by supporters
On January 6, Trump supporters stormed Congress in a futile attempt to prevent President Joe Biden’s win in November’s election from being certified. Members of the former president’s party were seen as putting their allegiance to him to the test in Wednesday’s vote. All ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for incitement to the insurgency in the days following the Capitol riot were among the 35 who voted for the committee. New York congressman John Katko, who worked with Democrats to craft the bill, said: “This is about reality, not party politics.”
“The American people and the Capitol Police deserve answers, and action as soon as possible to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again,” said Rep. Katko, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee.
However, Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene said the commission was a Democratic ruse to “smear Trump backers.” “We have people scaling the Capitol, beating the Capitol Police with lead pipes around the head, and we can’t get bipartisanship?” Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat, said on the House floor shortly before the vote: “What else has to happen in this country?”
However, the bill’s chances in the Senate are bleak, as Senate rules require Democrats to gain the support of ten Republicans to pass it. John Thune, the upper chamber’s deputy Republican chief, expressed fear that the investigation would be “politically weaponized” during the 2022 election cycle.
Mr Trump’s life after his presidency
Mr Trump has been splitting his post-presidential life between his golf clubs in Florida and New Jersey, and he has hinted at a 2020 presidential bid. He continues to spread false allegations that he was robbed of the election last year, a conspiracy theory that drew many of his supporters to Capitol Hill on January 6th.
As she attempted to break into the House chamber, one of them, an unarmed woman, was shot and killed by police. Two more demonstrators died in the melee, one from an amphetamine overdose and the other from heart failure. The next day, a Capitol Police officer who had tackled the demonstrators died of a stroke. Two more officers committed suicide in the days that followed.
According to the Capitol Police Union, one officer lost an eye and others suffered brain injuries as a result of the assault. Capitol riots had devastated the whole state in the past days.