WASHINGTON – Congress will initiate the establishment of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, including facts “relating to interference in the peaceful transfer of power,” President Nancy Pelosi said on Monday. California.
In a letter to her fellow Democrats in the House, Pelosi also pledged to move forward in the coming weeks with emergency funding legislation “for the safety of MPs and the security of the Capitol” after consulting with retired General Russell L. Honoré, whom she had asked to review security on Capitol Hill.
“Security is the order of the day: the security of our country, the security of our Capitol, which is the temple of our democracy, and the security of our members,” Ms. Pelosi wrote in the letter, adding that it ‘was clear. both from General Honoré’s conclusions and “from the impeachment trial that we need to find out the truth about how it happened”.
Calls have grown for a bipartisan and independent investigation into the law enforcement and administration failures that led to the first breach of the Capitol Complex in two centuries, especially after the Senate acquitted the former President Donald J. Trump during his incitement impeachment trial. the rioters. For some lawmakers, such a commission offers the last major opportunity to hold Mr. Trump accountable.
“There is even more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear,” Democrat of Delaware Senator Chris Coons said over the weekend on ABC’s “This Week,” adding that a commission’s ‘would ensure that we secure the Capitol in the future, and that we reveal how much Mr. Trump was responsible for the attack.
The creation of such a commission would most likely require legislation if it were modeled on the 9/11 Commission, which embarked on a 20-month investigation after President George W. Bush signed a law requiring the group to investigate the causes of the 9/11 attacks and how to prevent a similar attack. The commission ultimately came up with recommendations that led to the overhaul of congressional oversight and intelligence coordination.
Ms Pelosi said the group would be tasked with “investigating and reporting on the facts and causes related to the January 6, 2021 national terrorist attack on the United States Capitol complex” as well as “the interference in the peaceful transfer of power. . “
A group of House Republicans wrote to Ms Pelosi on Monday complaining that she had patted General Honoré without their party’s involvement and asked her to answer questions about what she knew and what directions she was heading data prior to the January 6 attack. Republicans have previously opposed Ms Pelosi’s decision to install magnetometers outside the House chamber in response to concern that some lawmakers are bringing guns to the chamber floor.
“It’s easy to see why we and our Senate counterparts remain skeptical that any of his final recommendations will be independent and without influence from you,” wrote Republicans, including Rep. Rodney Davis of the Illinois, the top Republican on the House Administration Committee and Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.
Shaken by the January 6 siege, which left many traumatized after going into hiding for their lives in their offices and in the House chamber, lawmakers also demanded to use campaign funds to pay for security additional in their districts. An emergency funding bill would most likely help fund the security of lawmakers in the districts as well as the Capitol, which remains surrounded by fences and patrolled by National Guard troops.