After Republicans prevented the committee from investigating the riots of Trump supporters, the Democrats advanced the special committee.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to establish a special committee to investigate the incident on January 6, when supporters of former President Donald Trump attacked police and Rush into parliament Because it met to approve Joe Biden’s election as President of the United States.
The new committee will be composed mainly of Democrats and will be responsible for investigating the rebellion in the U.S. Capitol, Trump’s role in it, and continuing The threat of violent extremism In the U.S.
“What we are seeking is the truth,” said Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “Every member here knows that January 6th was an attempt to subvert our democracy.”
The House of Representatives passed the January 6 investigation by a vote of 222-190.Republican leaders opposed the establishment of a special investigation team and the earlier proposed establishment Bipartisan committee Similar to the investigation into the Al-Qaida attack on September 11, 2001.
More than 140 U.S. Capitol and District of Columbia Metropolitan Police were injured in the riots. Fiery speech Trump claimed on the National Mall that the election was stolen.
Thousands of Trump supporters marched to the Capitol, where the House of Representatives and Senate met to formally count the president’s electoral votes, a procedure stipulated by the Constitution.
The mob attacked the police and broke through the barricades to invade this historic building. Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress walked through the corridor to ensure the safety of the room.
One Trump supporter was shot and killed by police while trying to enter the lobby of the House of Representatives. Three other Trump supporters died of health conditions during the riots. A policeman who was fighting with the attacker fell to the ground and died of a stroke. After the incident, two policemen committed suicide.
In the months after the attack, 500 arrested According to the FBI, 130 people have been charged with assaulting or obstructing the police.
Congressional police officials have urged members of Congress to conduct a thorough investigation of what happened, and Pelosi invited the police to sit in the public gallery of the House of Representatives to vote on Wednesday.
The committee will be composed of 13 members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, of which 5 members will be appointed after consultation with minority leader Kevin McCarthy.
It is not clear which Republicans Pelosi will place on the committee. House Republican Leader McCarthy declined to say on June 29 whether he would seek to nominate his core team members to the committee.
According to CNN, McCarthy said: “The spokesperson never talked to me about this.”
Several outspoken Trump supporters who continue to support the conspiracy theories that were stolen in the 2020 election have expressed interest in joining the committee. Two Trump critics, Rep. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinsinger, are candidates for appointment by Pelosi’s potential Republicans.
“The January 6th attack was an unprecedented attack on Congress and the operation of our democratic process,” Cheney said in a statement supporting the investigation.
“This investigation can only be successful if it is sober, professional, and non-partisan,” Cheney said.
According to the Associated Press, two police officers who responded, Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone and Congressional Police Officer Harry Dunn met with McCarthy last week and asked him to take the House investigation seriously.
The committee will review evidence developed by law enforcement and intelligence agencies and seek to Other investigations It has been conducted in Congress and the FBI.
A key focus of the committee will be “influencing factors”, including “how technology, including online platforms, financing, and malicious foreign influence and activities may affect the motivation, organization, and execution of domestic terrorist attacks.”
The select committee will have subpoena powers and consultant budgets, and is expected to hold a public hearing before submitting the final report to the House of Representatives.