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Impasse on probe underscores Republican angst over US Capitol riot

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Washington (AFP) – By blocking creation of an independent, bipartisan January 6 commission, congressional Republicans have signaled they would rather approach next year’s midterm elections unencumbered by potentially damning findings about the deadly US Capitol riot. Nearly five months after Donald Trump supporters stormed the citadel of American democracy, and four months after he left office, the former president retains an iron grip on his party. So much so that Republican lawmakers are acting in fealty to — or as one Democratic senator said, in “fear” of — the brash billionaire whose loy…

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