US House of Commons Votes in Favour of Commission of Inquiry into Capitol Attack

US House of Commons Votes in Favour of Commission of Inquiry into Capitol Attack

The United States House of Representatives had approved the creation of a commission of inquiry to find out exactly what happened on January 6, when supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol.

 

252 delegates voted in favour on the night from Wednesday to Thursday, including 35 Republicans, and 175 voted against the establishment. The proposal has yet to be approved by the Senate.

On January 6, a mob stormed the parliament building, where the election results were being made official at the time. All members of the Senate and the House of Representatives had to flee. In the end, five people were killed.

A ten-member committee, half Democrat and half Republican must prepare a report with far-reaching powers on the events of the storm. For example, members must be able to sue people. The commission was set up on the model of a similar group that was to investigate the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Whether the proposal will also pass through the Senate is still uncertain. Under the so-called filibuster rule, at least 60 out of 100 senators must agree. In the current Senate, which is split half and half between Democrats and Republicans, that would mean it would require support from both parties.

The proposal has met a lot of opposition from Republicans in the Senate, so it is uncertain whether ten Republicans will stand up to vote for the committee.

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