Republicans in the U.S. Senate have dropped a two-pronged investigation into a deadly attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Democrats and some moderate Republicans called for the formation of a commission to investigate the January 6 and subsequent incidents when hundreds of people clashed with police, called for violence against lawmakers and delayed the formal verification of President Joe Biden’s election victory.
The violence killed several people, including a Capitol police officer.
The measure failed with a vote of 54 to 54, short of the required 100 votes in the 100-member Senate.
“What are you afraid of from the truth?” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has argued that the commission will mimic the work of other congressional committees, as well as conducting a comprehensive federal criminal investigation that has resulted in more than 440 arrests.
But Republicans are concerned that the commission set up by the commission to investigate the September 11, 2001 attacks and Trump’s fraud in the 2020 election will focus on next year’s midterm election campaign.
The bill has already passed the House of Representatives with the support of all Democrats and one in six.
“We can’t just pretend that nothing bad happened, or that the man got very excited. Something bad happened. And it’s important to say that,” Senatewoman Lisa Murkowski, who supports the move, told reporters Thursday afternoon.