In victory for Trump, Republicans block probe of U.S. Capitol riot

Jan. 6 commission fails in Senate

He said Republican senators "feared that anything that might upset Donald Trump could hurt them politically".

Washington Sen. Patty Murray missed a high-profile vote Friday on creating a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

The bill passed the House with bipartisan support but failed Friday in the Senate after Republicans staged their first filibuster of Biden's presidency.

On Friday, Republicans banned the formation of an independent commission of inquiry into the storming of the Capitol Building.

The vote is emblematic of profound mistrust between the two parties since the siege, especially among Republicans, as some in the party have downplayed the violence and defended the rioters who supported Mr Trump and his false insistence that the election was stolen from him.

"We just can't pretend that nothing bad happened, or that people just got too excitable".

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However, Republican lawmakers had voiced opposition to the commission. McConnell also worked to lobby members to vote against it, even as Collins was trying to build support.

After Brian Sicknick's family met with lawmakers, Mitch McConnell (who reportedly would not see them, scheduling the meeting for his aides instead) seemed to be anxious his colleagues might actually do the right thing and asked Republicans to vote against the commission as a "personal favor" to him.

The vote underscores the steep challenges for Democrats in the evenly divided chamber, as they will have to win the support of at least one in five Republicans to pass policing reforms, voting-rights legislation and other priorities. "In recent months, Donald Trump has been spreading the big lie that the elections were cheated, and that he is in fact the real president who won the November 2020 elections", Schumer said.

"We all know what's going on here". But I guess that's why I'm not a Republican senator!

"What are you afraid of - the truth?" Two centrists, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, are holdouts against any efforts to alter the filibuster, preferring to stick with the current practice, which typically requires bipartisan compromise. In a letter to Democrats after the vote, Schumer said Congress had "seen the limits of bipartisanship".

According to the Washington Post, Collins had a visibly angry reaction, confronting Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, and accusing him of undermining the vote by failing to declare ahead of time that he and the Democrats would back her changes, if the measure to take up the bill advanced.

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