GOP Poised to Block Capitol Attack Probe

They're expected to filibuster bill to create bipartisan commission
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 28, 2021 1:00 AM CDT
GOP Poised to Block Capitol Attack Probe
Gladys Sicknick, center, mother of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, leaves a meeting with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Thursday, May 27, 2021.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Senate Republicans are poised to block the creation of a special commission to study the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, dashing hopes for a bipartisan panel amid a GOP push to put the violent insurrection by Donald Trump’s supporters behind them. Broad Republican opposition was expected in what would be the first successful Senate filibuster of the Biden presidency, even as the family of a Capitol Police officer who collapsed and died after the siege and other officers who battled rioters went office to office asking GOP senators to support the commission, the AP reports. A vote on the procedural motion was bumped to Friday after delays on an unrelated bill to boost scientific research and development pushed back the schedule.

Though the bill passed the House earlier this month with the support of almost three dozen Republicans, GOP senators said they believe the commission would eventually be used against them politically. And former President Trump, who still has a firm hold on the party, has called it a “Democrat trap.” While initially saying he was open to the idea of the commission, which would be modeled after an investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell turned firmly against it in recent days. He has said he believes the panel's investigation would be partisan despite the even split among party members. Still, a handful of Republicans—if not enough to save it—are expected to vote to move forward with the bill. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has said she will support the legislation because she needs to know more about what happened that day and why.

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