On Friday, Senate Republicans blocked the creation of the Democratic-backed 6 January Commission to look into the Capitol breach which occurred earlier this year. The vote was 54 to 35, with only six GOP lawmakers siding with the Dems; the bill needed at least 10 Republican votes to advance it.
The 6 January panel was modelled on the 9/11 Commission that investigated the circumstances surrounding the 11 September 2001 terror attacks. It was expected that the new commission would be comprised of five Democratic and five Republican members, who would have subpoena powers.
Last week the House of Representatives passed the 6 January panel bill 252-175 with 35 Republicans teaming up with all Democrats to endorse the plan. However, ahead of the Senate vote, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that the 6 January commission would duplicate law enforcement and congressional efforts underway to investigate the roots of the 6 January DC incident.
“After careful consideration, I’ve made the decision to oppose the House Democrats slanted and unbalanced proposal for another commission to study the events of January 6th,” McConnell told American senators on 20 May. “As everybody surely knows, I repeatedly made my views about the events of January 6th very clear. I spoke clearly and left no doubt about my conclusions.”
McConnell is known as an outspoken critic of the Capitol riots, who also lashed out at then President Donald…