GOP blocks bipartisan probe of deadly January 6 riot at Capitol – News Vibe24

    GOP blocks bipartisan probe of deadly January 6 riot at Capitol - Times of India
    Washington: Senate Republicans on Friday blocked the formation of a bilateral committee to study the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, bypassing an independent inquiry into a show of loyalty to former President Donald Trump and an attempt to oust the political uprising by his supporters.
    The vote in the Senate was 54-35 – less than the 60 votes needed to pass a bill passed by the House, which would have formed a 10-member committee evenly divided between the two parties. It came a day after emotional calls from police battling riots and lawmakers leaving the Capitol’s rooms that day.
    Six Republicans voted with the Democrats to move forward. Eleven senators lost the rare vote on Friday.
    Although the committee bill on January 6 was approved by the House earlier this month with the support of nearly three dozen Republicans, GOP senators said they believe the committee will eventually be used against them politically. And Trump, who still holds the party firmly, called it a “Democrat trap.”
    The vote is emblematic of deep distrust between the two parties since the siege, especially among Republicans, as some parties downplayed the violence and defended the Trump-backed riots and his false insistence that the election was stolen.
    The attack on the Capitol was the worst in 200 years and cut off the certification of the victory of the Democrat Joe Biden against Trump. Four people died that day, and Capitol Officer Brian Siknik collapsed and died after what authorities said were natural causes. Two police officers were killed in the days following the riots.
    The vote took place after Siknik’s mother, girlfriend and two riot police officers went to the office and asked Republicans to support the committee.
    While initially saying he was open to the idea of ​​the commission, which would be modeled after an investigation into the 9/11 attacks, Senate leader Mitt McConnell has strongly opposed it in recent days. He said he believed the commission’s inquiry would be partisan despite the balance between party members.
    McConnell, who once said Trump was responsible for provoking the gun attack on the Capitol, told Democrats, “They would like to continue to sue the former president in the future.”
    However, six in his caucus defied him, arguing that an independent appearance was required.
    Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday afternoon she needs to know more about what happened that day and why.
    “The truth is difficult, but we have a responsibility,” he told reporters. “We can not pretend that nothing bad happened or that people became very excited. Something bad happened. And it’s important to clarify. ”
    Among her colleagues who oppose the commission, Murkowski said some were concerned that “we do not want to move the boat”.
    The GOP’s opposition to the bilateral committee has rekindled Democratic pressure to remove the Philippastor, a fraudulent senate that requires a vote of 60 out of 100 senators to end the debate and push for a bill. With the Senate evenly distributing 50-50, Democrats need the support of 10 Republicans to move forward with the committee bill.
    Republicans’ political arguments about the violent siege – which is still raw for many in the Capitol almost five months later – have disappointed not only Democrats but also those who fought the riots.
    Michael Fanone, a Metropolitan Police Department officer who responded to the attack, joined the Siknik family on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Amid meetings with Republican senators, he said a committee is “necessary for us as a nation to heal from the trauma we all experienced that day.” Fanone described being dragged under the steps of the Capitol by riots that shocked him with a stun gun and hit him.
    Sandra Garza, the companion of Capitol Officer Brian Siknik, who collapsed and died after fighting riots, told Republican senators, “You know he’s here today with his family and comfortable with law enforcement. that day. ”
    “So I do not understand why they will resist getting to the bottom of what happened that day and fully understanding how to prevent it. It just bothers my mind,” he said.
    Video of the riots shows two men spraying Sicknick and another officer with chemicals, but a Washington doctor said he suffered a stroke and died of natural causes.
    Garza attended meetings with Sicknick’s mother, Gladys Sicknick. In a statement Wednesday, Ms Sicknick suggested to opponents of the commission “to visit my son’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery and, while there, think about what their painstaking decisions will do to those officers who will be there for to move forward “.
    Dozens of other police officers were injured as rioters chased them, smashing windows and doors and chasing lawmakers. Protesters set up a fake gallows in front of the Capitol and demanded the suspension of Vice President Mike Pence, who oversees the certification of the presidential vote.
    “We have a vehicle overtaking the Capitol, and we can not get Republicans to join us in this historic record? Is that sad,” said Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Republican senator. “That tells you what’s going on with the Senate and what’s going on with the filibuster.”
    Many Democrats warn that if Republicans are willing to use filibuster to stop an undeniably popular measure, it shows the limits of trying to mediate compromises, especially on bills related to electoral reform or other aspects of the Democrat agenda.
    For now, however, Democrats do not have the votes to change the rule. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, both moderate Democrats, have said they want to keep the staple.
    Asked about the commission at a standstill in Cleveland, Biden said Thursday, “I can not imagine anyone voting against it.”
    Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who once supported the commission’s idea, said he now believes Democrats are trying to use it as a political tool.
    “I do not think this is the only way to get to the bottom of what happened,” Cornyn said, noting that Senate committees are also considering the siege.