US Senate Republicans thwart efforts to set up bipartisan commission of inquiry on January 6 attack The vote on the US Capitol was the latest evidence of Donald Trump’s lasting influence in his party.
Only six Republican senators voted in favor of the bill, which set up a body set up by the 9/11 Commission to look into how a pro-Trump mob broke into the building where Congress is located.
On Friday, the vote in favor of the commission was divided: 54-35, 11 senators abstained. Nine of the abstainers were Republicans, two were Democrats. The six Republicans supporting the event were Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ben Sassen of Utah, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Rob Portman of Ohio.
But the motion failed because Democrats failed to break the so-called “philibaster,” the pagan Senate rule that requires most legislation to gain the support of at least 60 lawmakers in the 100-seat upper house of Congress.
The vote underscored Trump’s strong control over his party, even though he has maintained a relatively low profile since stepping down earlier this year. The former president, who did not rule out running for the White House again in 2024, has promised to hold rallies for his fans next month.
Democrats have been on a commission for months to investigate what happened on January 6, when crowds Trump supporters attacked the Capitol, threatened the lives of lawmakers, and interrupted the ratification of Biden Electoral College victory. The riots left five people dead, including the Capitol policeman, dead
But Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have been pushed back against the backdrop of opposition from Trump and his allies. Republican lawmakers are also concerned that too much focus on the former president will damage the party’s chances of winning the ballot box in next year’s midterm elections, when control of the House of Representatives and Senate is taken.
“They would like to continue to challenge the former president for the future,” Senate Majority Republican Mitch McConnell said earlier this week, citing his Democratic counterparts.
“We believe that the American people, moving forward in the fall of ’22, should focus on what this administration is doing to the country, what is the clear choice we have made to oppose most of these initiatives.” He said. added.
But McConnell was sharply criticized by members of his party, including Murkovsky, who told reporters on Capitol Hill late Thursday that some of his colleagues “do not want to rock the boat” with Trump, who continues to spread rumors that his presidential election was rigged. against.
“We just can not pretend that nothing bad happened or that people were just very upset. “Something bad happened, և it can be found out,” Murkovsky said.
Addressing McConnell, he added: “Given the understanding of making a decision for short-term political gain, accepting what was in front of us on January 6, I think we should criticize it. »
Murkovsky is one of the fiercest Republican lawmakers who has emerged as a vocal critic of the former president. In the House of Representatives, Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick Cheney, former Vice President of the State of Wyoming, expelled from his leadership role earlier this month in connection with the rejection of the former president.