The Republican party blocked the Senate's creation of a commission to investigate the assault

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source: theguardian.com

The Republican party blocked the Senate's creation of a commission to investigate the assault on the United States Capitol.

Democrats did not reach the minimum support to start the debate on forming a committee in charge of investigating the riots of January 6, which left five dead.

Republican Party on Friday blocked Senate consideration of a draft law to create an independent commission to investigate the assault on the Capitol of January 6, which killed five people, including a policeman.

Democrats failed to reach the minimum support - 60 - to start the debate in the chamber on the formation of that commission in a procedural vote. The initiative had the approval of 54 parliamentarians and the rejection of 35.

Democratic lawmakers, who have a slim majority in the upper house, needed the backing of ten Conservatives but ultimately only got six.

Republican senators Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins - strong critics of Donald Trump's administration - were among those who challenged their leaders and supported the commission's creation.

The vote should have taken place on Thursday but was delayed due to prolonged debate last night on another legislative proposal to increase the United States' competitiveness against China.

On January 6, hundreds of followers of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) stormed the headquarters of Congress, when a joint session of the two houses was held to ratify the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the elections of last November.

In addition to the five who died, about 140 police officers were attacked by pro-Trump protesters, who were armed with axes, bats, hockey sticks, and other weapons, according to data from authorities. Even inside the compound, there was a shootout between the protesters and the security forces.

In the middle of this month, the Lower House approved the draft to create an independent commission to investigate these events.

This commission would take as a model the one established to investigate the attacks of September 11, 2001, and consist of ten members, appointed equally by Democrats and Republicans.

However, the leader of the Republican minority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, had already warned that he would oppose the formation of that body.

Conservatives had argued that the commission should not only focus on the events of January 6 but also on the activities of the anarchist movement ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter during the summer of 2020, when protests developed over the cases of attacks by the police against African Americans. Democrats reject it because those groups did not violently storm the Capitol and consider that the assault deserves a specific investigation.

For their part, Republicans argue that more than 400 people have been arrested by the January 6 riots and say that the judicial processes they were subjected to will shed sufficient light on what happened.

The mother of police officer Brian Sicknick, who died during the assault on the Capitol, went to Congress on Thursday to convince Republican senators to vote in favor of the commission.

Speaking to journalists in the United States Congress, Gladys Sicknick, who was accompanied by her son's partner, Sandra Garza, explained that she usually does not like to be the focus of attention, but that this time she has decided to go out publicly because not he could "remain silent."

Sicknick was attacked by some of the assailants and passed away a day after suffering a stroke. Last month, a coroner determined that the death was " natural " due to a spill.

Police officers Harry Dunn and Mike Fanone, who were in the Capitol on January 6 defending the place, accompanied the two women on Thursday. " If January 6 hadn't happened, Brian would still be here," Dunn said excitedly at a press conference outside the office of Mitt Romney, the first Conservative lawmaker in that chamber to have voiced support for the creation of the commission.