GOP Senators Block Independent Commission To Probe Jan. 6 Capitol Riot
Republican senators blocked a bill Friday that would form an independent commission to probe the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The vote was 54 to 35 against – 6 votes short of the 60 needed to advance. Two Democrats and nine Republicans did not vote.
The six Republican senators who backed the bill with 48 Democratic members were: Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and Susan Collins (R-Maine).
Following the vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) trashed Republican senators’ decision to side with the former president.
“This vote has made it official: Donald Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ has now fully enveloped the Republican Party,” Schumer said after the vote Friday.
“In bowing to McConnell’s personal favor request, Republican Senators surrendered to the January 6th mob assault,” she said in a statement. “Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans’ denial of the truth of the January 6th insurrection brings shame to the Senate.”