House approves committee to probe Capitol attack

“On this vote, the yays are 222 and the nays are 190, the resolution is adopted.”

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the creation of a new Democratic-majority select committee to probe the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

Just two Republicans, Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, voted for the panel.

The move by the House comes after Senate Republicans in May blocked an independent commission.

Before the vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he hopes the committee can get to the bottom of what led to the deadly riot.

"I hope we can begin to uncover exactly what happened and take reasonable steps to prevent the events of Jan. 6 from reoccurring, and yes, yes, find out who is responsible….”

On Jan. 6, hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an unsuccessful attempt to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden's presidential election win over his Republican rival.

The violence left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

The House voted earlier this year to impeach Trump for inciting the mob, but the Senate acquitted him.

The Jan. 6 panel will have subpoena power, presumably allowing it to call Trump as a witness.

Republican leaders have not said whether the party will participate.The select committee plan calls for Pelosi to appoint the panel's chairman and all 13 members, although five members would be selected by the speaker "after consultation with" House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The resolution gives no deadline for finishing the probe, meaning it could spill over into next year, when 2022 midterm elections will determine control of Congress.

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