Earlier, Republicans in the Senate blocked the creation of a bipartisan independent commission to solve this problem.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the creation of a new special committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol after Senate Republicans blocked the idea of forming an independent commission to investigate the incident in May.
All 220 Democrats who are members of the House of Representatives and only two Republicans, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, supported the creation of the committee. The remaining 190 representatives of the Republican Party voted against the bill.
Kinzinger, one of the most prominent Republican critics of former President Donald Trump in the House of Representatives, said before the vote that he was ready to join the investigation, which will be conducted by Democrats.
During the riots on January 6, hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump invaded the Capitol building in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election. As a result of the attack, five people were killed, including a policeman from the Capitol security.
According to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrats want the committee to establish why this attack occurred, who is responsible for it and what can be done to prevent a repeat of such incidents.
Republicans have not said whether they will participate, but their leaders recommended voting against the creation of the committee, saying that it is likely to adhere to a biased position. Republicans have already blocked the creation of an external commission, the seats in which would be equally divided between political parties. Under the current plan, the Democrats will get 8 seats, and the Republicans – 5.
Republicans insist that investigations of existing committees and the prosecutor’s office make the creation of a new committee unnecessary.
More than 500 people have been arrested on charges of attacking the Capitol.
In accordance with the plan under consideration, the creation of the committee will be led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. She will appoint a commission chairman and 13 members, although five people should be chosen “after consultation” with Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
This means that Pelosi will be able to block the candidacies of such lawmakers as MP Marjorie Taylor Greene, who said in an interview with CNN that she would like to join the committee.
The Committee will have the right to send subpoenas. Presumably, this will allow calling Trump himself as a witness.
According to an aide to Pelosi, she is considering appointing someone from the Republicans. During the vote in May, thirty-five Republicans from the House of Representatives voted for the creation of the commission. Some criticized Trump about the unrest in the Capitol.
The resolution does not specify a deadline for completing the investigation, which means that it may drag on until next year, when midterm elections will be held, which will determine which party will control Congress.