The US House of Representatives decided to set up a committee of inquiry into the storming of the Capitol on January 6th. The Congress Chamber, controlled by President Joe Biden’s Democrats, voted for the body on Wednesday by a majority of 222-190 MPs.
Only two Republicans voted alongside the Democrats for the committee of inquiry. Ex-President Donald Trump’s party blocked the formation of a broader investigation commission at the end of May.
The storming of the Capitol had rocked the United States and is considered a black day in the history of US democracy. Radical Trump supporters had attacked the seat of Congress when Biden’s victory in the presidential election on November 3 was to be certified there.
Five people were killed, including one policeman. Trump had previously repeated his unsubstantiated accusation of massive election fraud during an appearance in front of supporters in Washington and urged his audience to march to the Capitol.
The Democrats subsequently initiated impeachment proceedings against Trump, which ultimately failed in the Senate. The ruling party later wanted to set up an independent and cross-party investigative commission to uncover the exact background of the attack. The model was a commission set up after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The project failed due to resistance from the Republicans in the Senate.
That is why the Democrats are now relying on a House of Representatives committee of inquiry, in which they have a clear majority. The committee will consist of a majority of Democratic MPs.