United States: Second Republican critical of Trump joins investigation into assault on Capitol Hill

The appointment of the members of this commission of inquiry sparked a new wave of arms between the Democratic majority and the Republican opposition. This commission must shed light on the invasion of Congress by Donald Trump supporters on January 6.

The Democratic Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi on Sunday July 25 appointed a newly elected Republican critical of Donald Trump to the commission charged with investigating the murderous assault on Capitol Hill on January 6 by supporters of the former US president .

Adam Kinzinger therefore joins Liz Cheney, another parliamentarian from the Grand Old Party openly opposed to the former Republican president, among the members of this committee whose work should begin on Tuesday. The Illinois elected official said he “humbly accepted” the Speaker’s invitation, promising on Twitter to “work diligently to uncover the truth and hold those responsible for the attack to account . 

Pass of arms with the Republican leaders

Nancy Pelosi’s announcement, made in a press release on Sunday, comes after a passing of arms this week concerning the composition of this commission between the Democrat and the leader of the Republican minority in the House, Kevin McCarthy. The latter had indicated on Wednesday that none of the five Republican elected officials he had proposed to participate in this investigation would finally join it, after the decision of the Democratic official to reject two, fierce defenders of Donald Trump and having relayed conspiracy theories regarding the January 6 attack.


At the beginning of July, the Democrats had already chosen for this commission the Republican Liz Cheney, fierce critic of Donald Trump. She and Kinzinger were the only two elected members of the Conservative Party to vote in favor of the creation of this commission. “Those responsible for this attack must be held to account and this special commission will respond to this responsibility in a professional, prompt and impartial manner,” Cheney said in a statement at the time.

The creation of this commission, endowed with the power to summon witnesses and demand documents, was approved after the Republicans blocked an independent investigation, which would have been carried out, like the one created after the attacks of September 11, 2001. , by ten experts chosen in strictly equal parts by the two parties. Republicans justified their decision by saying that the parliamentary investigations already underway and the work of the police were sufficient. At least 500 people have been charged in this case.

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