The place Will the Home Inquiry on the Capitol Riot Go?


The Justice Department is aggressively trying to bring perpetrators of the Capitol Riot to justice, and more than 500 people have been arrested in connection with the January 6 attack.

But no full investigation had opened on Capitol Hill as of Wednesday after the Senate Republicans repulsed an attempt last month to set up a bipartisan commission.

That changed on Wednesday afternoon when the House of Representatives voted 222-190 to set up a special committee that will conduct an extensive investigation into the January 6th events and their causes. Only two Republicans joined an almost united Democratic faction. With the investigation having no end date and effectively under the aegis of Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and her party, attempts by Republicans to prevent a major investigation into the insurrection could lead to a more aggressive, painful and lengthy investigation.

Conservative commentators have tried to downplay the severity of the attack since the day it happened, but as a new 40-minute video from The Times of the Capitol riot shows, it’s hard to take it as anything other than one Attempt the workings of American democracy. Many of the rioters featured in the video arrived in Washington to confront, as the investigation shows, and they saw themselves as the president’s specific commandments.

When the House voted today, Ms. Pelosi had invited several officers injured in the attack to watch the proceedings from her box in the gallery of the house. These included Harry Dunn of the Capitol Police and two District of Columbia cops: Michael Fanone, who stood up for the Republicans to support an investigation, and Daniel Hodges, who was crushed in a doorway during the rampage. Relatives of Brian Sicknick, a Capitol cop who died after clashing with the rioters, were to join them.

Luke Broadwater, a congressional reporter, covered today’s House vote. I met him for a side talk about how the committee is likely to work and whether it could pose a threat to the Republicans.

House Democrats voted today to set up a special committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Give us an overview of how this committee will work and what it will examine. What will it – and will not – be empowered to do?

The Special Committee will have a full mandate to “investigate and report on the facts, circumstances and causes relating to the domestic terrorist attack on the United States Capitol Complex of January 6, 2021,” according to laws passed by the House of Representatives today. In particular, she is tasked with investigating law enforcement failures such as information gathering and the causes that led so many to turn violent, online platforms and potential “malicious foreign interference”.

We do not yet know all about how the committee will work, as its members have not yet been named. But there are still a number of unanswered questions about the attack, and the Democrats in particular want to know more about the role President Donald Trump played that day and any connections between those around Trump, the planners of the rally, the mob – Preceded violence, investigate, and right-wing groups.

What role should Republicans play on this special committee?

That is so far unclear. Most Republicans opposed the establishment of the select committee, but Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Republican leader of the House of Representatives, has five appointments to the panel with the approval of Speaker Nancy Pelosis.

Pelosi has also hinted that she could appoint a Republican to the committee herself. There is much speculation that it could be Wyoming MP Liz Cheney, the daughter of a former Republican vice president who harshly criticized Trump and his actions on Jan. 6. There are some other options too, such as Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Republican from Illinois, who urged his colleagues to leave Trump after the party lost the White House and both houses of Congress during his chaotic tenure as president.

GOP leaders avoided reopening the January 6 attack, and some said a recent Senate investigation into police neglect that day should be enough. But Polls show that a vast majority of Americans disagree. Do Republicans fear that rejecting a bipartisan investigation into the causes of the attack could hurt their standing with voters ahead of the 2022 midterm elections?

I would say a lot of Republicans I’ve spoken to in Congress think January 6th was a terrible and dark day in American history. There are people in the party who clearly deny that they have said some crazy things, but many believe that attacks on police officers and burglaries should be condemned.

However, they believe another Jan 6th review is a losing issue for their party. They know it was Trump supporters who committed the violence, and they know it was horrific, and they know that every day that is spent talking about January 6th gives Democrats a political one Gives advantage. Hoping to win back the House of Representatives in 2022, Republicans hope to shift public discussion to issues in the Biden administration, such as problems on the southern border or monetary inflation, rather than the violence perpetrated by Republican presidents’ supporters. as she tries to stop the peaceful transfer of power.

On the other hand, how much do the Democrats see this special committee as a crucial opportunity to clearly justify Trump’s role in inciting violence on Jan. 6, especially since he did wades back into the political battle before 2022?

The Democrats thought they had a clear case for Trump instigating the riot when they indict him a second time after the attack. However, the special committee will give them the opportunity to gather more evidence and interview more witnesses about the siege and Trump’s role in it.

Unlike the independent bipartisan commission that blocked Republicans in the Senate in May and should have finished its work this year, the special committee has the power to investigate with no end date until it finishes its report. That means it could potentially hold hearings and issue reports throughout the 2022 – or even 2024 – campaign cycle, potentially ensuring that voters are often reminded of the horrors of the day.

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