On January 6, a mob stormed the parliament building, at which point the election results were officially released. All members of the Senate and House of Representatives had to flee. Eventually, five people were killed.
A group of ten, half Democrats and half Republicans, is to prepare a report on the events of the storm. The group will be given remote powers: for example, members must summon people. The commission was set up on the model of a similar panel set up to investigate the September 11, 2001 attacks.
It is not yet certain whether the plan will go through the Senate. Under the so-called Philipster rule, at least 60 out of 100 senators must agree. In the current Senate, there is a half-and-half split between Democrats and Republicans, which means support will be needed from both parties. The plan has met with overwhelming opposition from Republicans in the Senate, so it is uncertain whether ten Republicans will stand up to vote for the committee.
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