A supporter of US President Donald Trump smokes during the “Stop the Steel” protest outside the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington DC.
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The House on Wednesday passed legislation that would set up a select committee to investigate the January 6 violent riots in which Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.
The measure passed in a 222–190 party-line vote. Only two Republicans, Reps. Adam Kizinger, RI.L., and Liz Cheney, RW.Y. voted in favor of it.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to members of the House on Wednesday morning, “It is our duty, for the Constitution and the country, to find out the truth of the January 6 uprising and ensure that such attacks on our democracy do not happen again ” .
Pelosi announced the legislation in May after Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have created an independent and bipartisan commission after the 9/11 commission to investigate the attacks. GOP leaders insisted that it would only duplicate current investigative efforts by the Justice Department and congressional committees.
Under the newly approved law, the select committee will be headed by Democrats and will consist of 13 members. Pelosi will appoint a chairman and all members to the committee, 5 of whom will be appointed in consultation with Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. according to the law.
The committee will investigate and report on the facts and causes of the incident, such as the activities of intelligence and law enforcement agencies and technical factors that may have motivated the attack, the law states. It will also develop recommendations to prevent such incidents in future.
All findings, findings and recommendations made by the Committee shall be issued in a final report to the House in accordance with law.
“Will we investigate how our democracy was attacked or will we send the green light to allow it to be attacked again? Will we stand with the police or roll with the police killers? Do we want the truth, Or will we let history be erased? And we are for the Constitution or we are for anarchy?,” Representative Eric Swalwell said on the floor of the House.
“January 6 was a crime against our democracy and the heroes of this Capitol. Now we must investigate it. Otherwise, we are lawless. And lost.”
Rep. Michelle Fischbach, RM.N. urged Republicans not to vote for the law, saying it was “at worst out of partisan politics.”
Crowds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to thwart Congress’s confirmation of President Joe Biden’s election victory. Five people were killed in the attack, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknick.
Pelosi invited Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn and Metropolitan Police Officers Michael Fanon and Daniel Hodges to sit during the House debate and vote. Gladys Siknick, the mother of the slain police officer, was also expected to attend.
Responding police officers at the Capitol and Gladys Siknick have all lobbied for an independent selection committee, The Associated Press reported on Friday.
According to the Associated Press, Fanon and Dunn met with McCarthy last Friday, asking him to publicly condemn statements made by GOP members who downplayed the attack and to honor police for protecting the Capitol. voted against.
Dunn, who had fought one-on-one with rioters and was subjected to racial slurs, told the Associated Press after the meeting that the goal is “accountability, justice for everyone who was involved.”
Fanon, who described being shocked by a stun gun and beaten up by rioters, said he told McCarthy not to put the “wrong people” on the select committee.