House approves resolution to create select committee to investigate January 6 Capitol Hill Riot

On Wednesday, the House approved a resolution that would allow the creation of a select committee to investigate the Capitol Hill riot on January 6.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

On Wednesday, the House approved a resolution that would allow the creation of a select committee to investigate the Capitol Hill riot on January 6.

The resolution passed along party lines, with the final vote being 222-190, according to ABC News.

Republican Representatives Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, both of whom have been vocal in their criticisms of Trump, were the only two of their party to vote for the committee.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will appoint members and announce the chair at a later date.

The resolution, which was introduced to the House earlier this week, will contain 13 members, eight of which will be chosen by Pelosi. The remaining five will be chosen House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in coordination with Pelosi.

Many Republicans, according to ABC, were critical of the resolution, stating that the select committee would be too partisan.

The select committee will reportedly be run by House Democrats, and will possess subpoena powers.

An aide to the House speaker told ABC that Pelosi could name a Republican among her eight appointments to the committee. Under consideration is either Cheney or Kinzinger.

"January 6th was one of the darkest days in our nation's history. It is imperative that we establish the truth of that day and ensure such an attack cannot again happen. The Select Committee will investigate and report upon the facts and causes of the attack and report recommendations for preventing any future assault," Pelosi said in a statement.

The creation of the select committee comes after the creation of a bipartisan commission was blocked by a 50-50 vote in the Senate.

"Senate Republicans did Mitch McConnell a 'personal favor' rather than their patriotic duty and voted against the bipartisan commission negotiated by Democrats and Republicans. But Democrats are determined to find the truth," Pelosi said in her statement Monday.

"I'm hopeful that both the speaker and the minority leader appoint people who are honest, sincere in their effort to get at the facts, underlying why Jan. 6 happened, who was responsible for Jan. 6 happening and what can we do to prevent a Jan. 6 insurrection from happening again," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday. "All of those facts are necessary for the Congress, but much, much more importantly, necessary for the American people to understand and have knowledge of."


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