The US Lower House approves the creation of a commission to investigate the assault on the Capitol. 35 GOP lawmakers voted in favor despite Trump’s instructions to object.
The House of Representatives United States approved Wednesday an independent commission of inquiry into the assault on the Capitol of the January 6 by the followers of the former president Donald Trump .
With 252 votes in favor and 175 against, the Lower House approved this initiative that now requires the uncertain approval of the Senate to materialize. A total of 35 Republican lawmakers voted to create the commission of inquiry, despite Trump’s call to oppose and efforts by party leaders in Congress to prevent defections.
The commission proposal approved by the Lower House takes as a model the one established to investigate the attacks of September 11, 2001 and would consist of ten members, appointed equally by Democrats and Republicans.
Republican Congressman John Katko and Democrat Bennie Thompson were the architects of the pact after weeks of negotiations. However, Republican leaders in the last hours turned their backs on the proposal after first showing some ambiguity.
This opposition coincided with a statement Tuesday night from Trump urging Republican lawmakers to vote against a commission that, if created, could even call him to testify, calling it a “Democratic trap.”
“Republicans must become much tougher and smarter, and stop being used by the radical left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!” Said the former president, referring to the leaders of the party in the Senate and the Lower House, respectively.
Both McCarthy and McConnell – who will vote when the proposal reaches the Senate but has already announced their opposition – have obeyed the order, demonstrating once again that Trump continues to guide the party’s destinies .
McConnell’s opposition is especially relevant, since in the Senate the initiative requires a majority of 60 votes to pass, so at least 10 Republicans should support it. At this time, it seems difficult for Republicans to have the number of defections that they authorize to create the commission.