Republicans in U.S. Senate block probe of Capitol riot

Jan. 6 commission fails in Senate

Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday derailed a bipartisan inquiry into the deadly assault on the Capitol by former President Donald Trump's supporters, despite a torrent of criticism the lawmakers were playing down the violence.

In comments this week, Murray blasted Republicans who have shrugged off the events of January 6, when a mob roamed the Capitol trying to halt certification of the 2020 presidential election. The violence left five people dead including a Capitol Police officer.

A motion to open debate on the January 6 commission failed by a vote of 54 in favor to 35 against, with 11 abstentions. The 35 no votes were all Republicans.

"This was one of the darkest moments in American history, the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War, and we need to understand what went wrong so we can prevent similar crises in the future", King said in a statement. Democrats needed six more votes to end the Republican-led filibuster.


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Schumer had sought to pass USICA on Thursday, but it was delayed by partisan political disagreement over how much time was allowed to consider amendments and which amendments would get votes. She noted that many of her Senate colleagues were not there when Congress approved a commission to investigate 9/11, which resulted in federal reforms that bolstered national security against terror attacks launched by entities from outside of the United States.

But Republicans are also concerned that a commission, modeled on one that probed the September 11, 2001, attacks, would focus attention on the violence and on Trump's persistent false claims about the 2020 election well into next year's midterm congressional election campaigns. The Senate adjourned for a Memorial Day recess soon after the vote.

Five other Republicans voted in favor of proceeding with the commission vote: Sens. A subpoena can only be issued to compel witness testimony if it has the support of the majority of members, or if the commission's chairperson, chosen by Democrats, and the vice-chairperson, chosen by Republicans, come to an agreement. And a number of Democrats said on Friday that they believe Pelosi will indeed create the new committee - and that the caucus would strongly support such an effort. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - have expressed their support for advancing the legislation, and Democrats need 10.

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