Donald Trump won his case once again. At his instigation, Senate Republicans on Friday blocked the creation of an independent commission of inquiry dedicated to the attack on the Capitol in Washington, led by some of his supporters, on January 6.
This assault was aimed at preventing the certification of the results of the November 2020 presidential election contested by the former president. The latter ensures without the slightest evidence that one « fraude massive » deprived him of his re-election. The attack had only delayed certification by a few hours, despite the negative votes of more than a third of Republican elected officials in both chambers.
The project of a commission of inquiry, on the model of that formed after the attacks of September 11, seemed obvious after this unprecedented attack in American history.
Each tragic episode experienced by the United States, from the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the assassination of John Kennedy in 1963, has been followed by in-depth investigations entrusted to independent personalities. After weeks of negotiations, a compromise had even been forged by two officials of the two parties, the Democrats eventually accepting all of the Republican demands.
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But Donald Trump immediately spoke out against this prospect from his exile in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, railing against a “Democratic trap”. “Republicans need to get much tougher and smarter, and stop being used by the radical left. Hope Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening! “, he thundered. The leader of the Republican minority in the Senate and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, however very critical of the attitude of the former president during the events, then complied, refusing to shed light on the attack, its springs and especially the role played by Donald Trump during the day of January 6.
The commission project was able to pass the stage of the House of Representatives, where a simple Democratic majority was sufficient, but it stumbled against the Republican “filibuster” in the Senate. In a high assembly divided into two equal camps of fifty elected elected by the casting vote of Vice-President Kamala Harris, also President of the Senate, a qualified majority of sixty votes was indeed necessary.
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