The new committee comes after Republican senators blocked legislation that would have set up a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack. A violent mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed police on Jan.6, stormed the building, and stalked lawmakers as they tried to prevent Joe Biden’s victory from being certified. in the presidential election. The House passed the bill to form a committee last month, and Pelosi said she preferred an independent panel to lead the investigation. But she said Congress couldn’t wait any longer to begin a more in-depth review of the insurgency.
“January 6 was a dark day for our country,” Pelosi said, and the “terror and trauma” suffered by the members and staff who were there is something she cannot forgive. She said there was no set timeline for the committee, which will investigate and report on the facts and causes of the attack and make recommendations to prevent it from happening again.
She did not say who will lead or sit on the committee.
Many Republicans say it’s time to move on
Pelosi’s official announcement, two days after signaling to her colleagues that she would be setting up the committee, means Democrats will be leading what will likely be the most comprehensive review of the seat. More than three dozen Republicans in the House and seven Republican senators have said they want to avoid a partisan inquiry and have backed legislation to form a commission, which is said to have been modeled after a similar panel that investigated the terrorist attacks on 11 September.
But those numbers weren’t strong enough to overcome Republican opposition in the Senate, where the support of 10 Republicans is needed to pass most bills if all Democrats vote yes. Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer of New York City has said he could hold a second vote after legislation failed to move forward last month, but there is no indication Democrats can get the necessary support from three additional Republicans.
Pelosi says the select committee could be complementary to an independent panel, and that she “hopes there might be a commission at some point.”
Many Republicans have made it clear that they want to move on to the Jan. 6 attack, brushing aside the many unanswered questions about the insurgency, including how the government and law enforcement agencies lacked intelligence leading to the riots and Trump’s role before and during the attack.
Some Republicans have gone so far as to downplay the violence, one suggesting the rioters look like tourists and another insisting that a woman, Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed that day then that she was trying to break into the bedroom from the bedroom through a window was “realized.” “
Last week, 21 Republicans voted against awarding medals of honor to the Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police to thank them for their service on Jan.6. Dozens of these officers suffered injuries, including chemical burns, brain injuries and fractures.
Seven people died during and after the riots, including Babbitt, three other Trump supporters who died from medical emergencies and two police officers who committed suicide in the days that followed. A third officer, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, collapsed and later died after engaging with protesters, but a medical examiner determined he died of natural causes.