Resolution unveiled for setting up committee to probe Capitol riot

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather near the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., the United States, Jan. 6, 2021. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Washington, June 29 (IANS) US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has introduced a resolution that will form a select committee to investigate the January 6 riots at the Capitol.

The resolution introduced on Monday is expected to get a vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber later this week, reports Xinhua news agency.
According to the resolution, the committee will be made up of 13 members, eight of whom will be appointed by Pelosi.

The rest of the members will be picked in consultation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican.

The resolution came as the previous effort by Democrats to create an independent commission to investigate the Capitol riot, during which a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters breached the seat of the US top legislature to prevent lawmakers from certifying the 2020 election results.

“Senate Republicans did (Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell a ‘personal favor’ rather than their patriotic duty and voted against the bipartisan commission negotiated by Democrats and Republicans,” Pelosi said in a statement Monday.

“But Democrats are determined to find the truth.”

McCarthy’s attitude toward the select committee remains unclear.

The California Republican, who held a phone call with Trump on January 6, is a potential target, possibly to be subpoenaed, in the Democratic-led probe.

The resolution could be voted on by the full House as soon as Wednesday, according to CNN.

It doesn’t require a Senate approval.

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