Friday, July 2nd, 2021
“Must never happen again”
Republican appointed to committee against Trump
The House of Representatives wants to work through the storm on the US Capitol in January with a committee of inquiry. Liz Cheney, a Republican Trump critic, joins the seven Democrats. Your appeal causes outrage among party colleagues.
Republican MP Liz Cheney will also serve on the committee of inquiry into the storming of the US Capitol. The President of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, appointed the critic of US President Donald Trump to the committee. Cheney was kicked out of the Republican faction leadership in May after harsh criticism of Trump.
The 54-year-old daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said she was honored to serve on the committee of inquiry. “What happened on January 6th must never happen again,” she said. Those responsible for the attack would have to be held accountable. “And this committee will do this job professionally, quickly and impartially.”
House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy reacted angrily to Cheney’s appeal by Pelosi. McCarthy said he was “shocked” by this “unprecedented” process.
The House of Representatives decided to set up the committee of inquiry on Wednesday. Cheney was one of two Republicans who voted alongside the Democrats for the committee of inquiry. The committee, which currently includes seven Democratic MPs in addition to Cheney, is to be headed by Democratic MP Bennie Thompson.
Black day for democracy
The storming of the Capitol on January 6th had rocked the United States and is considered a black day in the history of US democracy. Radical Trump supporters had attacked the seat of Congress when Biden’s victory in the presidential election on November 3 was to be certified there.
Five people were killed in the violence, including a police officer. Trump had previously repeated his completely unsubstantiated accusation of massive election fraud during a performance in front of supporters in Washington and urged his audience to march to the Capitol and “fight the hell out of it”.
The Democrats subsequently initiated impeachment proceedings against Trump, which ultimately failed in the Senate. The ruling party then wanted to set up an independent and cross-party investigative commission to uncover the exact background of the attack. The model was a commission set up after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The project failed due to resistance from the Republicans in the Senate. That is why the Democrats are now relying on a House of Representatives committee of inquiry, in which they have a clear majority.