The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to approve a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The vote was largely along party lines 222-190 with only two Republicans voting in favor of the committee, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.
Fox News reports:
Democrats had wanted to form an independent panel modeled after the respected 9/11 Commission and the House passed a bipartisan bill to do so on May 19. But Senate Republicans filibustered the commission and effectively killed the creation of a nonpartisan body to probe the Jan. 6 attack.
Without any pathway forward in the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took matters into her own hands and used her power to pursue a select committee in the House that will be controlled by Democrats.
The committee is charged with investigating the circumstances surrounding the “domestic terrorist attack” and issuing a final report with recommendations for corrective measures. There’s no timetable for the work to be completed, meaning the committee could keep the Jan. 6 attack in the headlines well into the 2022 midterm election year.
“It will find the truth, which clearly the Republicans fear,” Pelosi said Wednesday in a floor speech ahead of the vote.
So far it’s not clear who will be on the panel to investigate the Capitol riot but a good guess would be that Pelosi chooses Republicans on her side, possibly beginning with Rep. Cheney and Kinzinger.