The Democratic-appointed Capitol committee will investigate what happened on January 6, when Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol and killed five people, including a police officer.
The resolution was voted on in the House, one of two chambers of Congress, with the numbers 222-190, Wednesday night. Only two Republicans, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, voted for the committee, both of whom also voted to bring former President Donald Trump to justice after the storm.
– I don’t think this is the best solution, but we can’t keep pretending that January 6th didn’t happen. We need answers. “We need to know if members of Congress, who are people from the government, were involved in coordinating this,” Kinzinger told Fox 32 television in Chicago earlier on Wednesday.
appointed by the president
Both he and Liz Cheney indicated that they would have preferred an independent, multiparty Capitol committee, but that it was halted by Republican members of Congress’s second chamber, the Senate, in late May.
House Speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, will now appoint the chair and the thirteen members of the committee. Five members will be appointed after consulting with Republican leader Kevin McCarthy.
“I hope we can begin to reveal exactly what happened and take reasonable steps to prevent something similar from happening again, and find out who is responsible,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said during the debate.
However, Republican critics believe the commission is unnecessary and the congressional storm is already under adequate investigation. Among other things, prosecutors have formally charged more than 500 people with participating in the storm. Republicans are also criticizing the plan, saying Democrats will be the majority on the committee and noting that the investigation is likely to be motivated by the party’s political interests.
Background: The attack on the US Congress
On January 6, members of the United States Congress gathered at the Capitol to tally the electoral votes for the presidential election and formally nominate Democrat Joe Biden to be the election winner and the next president.
In Washington, D.C., meanwhile, tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters attended a political rally he held on the theme “Save America.” At the meeting, Trump repeated his baseless allegations of systematic electoral fraud and claimed to be the real winner. He urged his supporters to go to Congress: “If you don’t fight hell, you won’t have a state anymore,” the then president said.
They did as he said. The protests turned violent when hundreds of people stormed the Capitol and clashed with police. Some went to President Nancy Pelosi’s office and into a room. Parts of the building were vandalized, and senators and members of the House of Representatives had to be brought to safety.
Five people were killed in the attack, including a police officer.
One week later, on January 13, the Democratic-led House of Representatives voted through a Supreme Court lawsuit against President Donald Trump over inciting rebellion. The trial took place in the Senate in February, following Trump’s resignation, and ended with the president’s acquittal. 57 of 100 senators voted in favor of a conviction, which fell short of the two-thirds majority required to charge someone with a debt in a Supreme Court case.