Saturday, 18 September, 2021


Why a commission to investigate January 6 was not established

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick in the U.S. Capitol Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick in the U.S. Capitol
Conrad Doyle | 29 May, 2021, 15:04

"We have seen the limits of bipartisanship", Schumer told reporters at a news conference after the vote.

The proposed commission would have had the power to force witnesses, possibly including Trump, to testify under oath about what happened that day.

If Democrats want to move President Joe Biden's agenda forward, there is increasing pressure to end the practice of requiring 60 votes to pass the bill in the Senate.

"The heart of this recommendation by the Democrats is that they would like to continue to debate things that occurred in the past", McConnell said earlier this week.

The White House said Biden remained committed to a full, independent investigation of the attack. 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. She said the principles of democracy are at stake.

But Republicans are also concerned that the commission, modelled 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.

Sen. Maria Cantwell voted for the commission, lining up with Democrats and six Republicans. A total of 60 votes were needed to overcome the filibuster.

A Democrat who is seeking a sixth term in 2022, Murray had publicly supported the commission, and earlier this year recalled her own harrowing experience on January 6, when she hid with her husband in an office near the Senate chamber as rioters banged on the door, trying to break in.

The vote came after Mr Sicknick's mother, girlfriend and two police officers who fought the rioters went office to office and asked Republicans to support the commission. To her words, she said some Republicans simply didn't want to rock the boat. Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy, Ben Sasse and Rob Portman - voted to advance the measure.

As it was conceived, 10 people, five appointed by Democrats and five appointed by Republicans make up the January 6 Commission.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has warned Democrats off any changes to the filibuster, though leaders of both parties have changed the rules over the years to lower the votes required on the confirmation of judicial and executive branch nominees. You may unsubscribe any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our emails.

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