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On Friday, Republicans blocked the formation of an independent commission of inquiry into the deadly attack on the Capitol building on January 6 by supporters of former US President Donald Trump, saying the police and congressional investigations were sufficient.
And it took ten votes from the Republicans to be added to the 50 Democrats to complete the final vote on this committee that the House of Representatives had previously approved.
Only six Republicans voted in favor of forming the committee, in a result that reflects deep divisions that still prevail in the United States five months after the attack on the headquarters of the US Congress, and the influence that the former president still wields within his Republican party.
Republican senators Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins were among those who challenged the party leadership to vote in favor of a final vote on the committee, which has the support of President Joe Biden and several former Republicans.
But influential Republican minority leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, indicated that the committee would be completely partisan and would not add anything new to the investigations conducted by the Justice Department and Congress.
And Republicans point out that more than 400 people have been arrested for their role in the unrest, and therefore the cases of these people before the courts will suffice to clarify what happened that day.
In the House of Representatives, 35 of its 211 Republican members joined the Democrats in support of the committee that would have taken from the one formed in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001 as a model, knowing that the latter had strong bipartisan support.
Advocates of the formation of the committee indicated that it would have included five members chosen by the Democrats and five by Republicans, with the two parties retaining the authority to issue subpoenas.
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