Independent commission to investigate Capitol riots

Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Announces '9/11-Type Commission' To Investigate Capitol Insurrection

Pelosi on Monday announced she is forming a 9/11 style congressional commission to "investigate and report on the facts and causes" of the January 6 insurrection.

The decision to establish the Commission was announced by Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, who said it would be based on the inquiry which was created to investigate the September 11 2001 terrorist attack on NY and Washington. "To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type commission to investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol".

Among the issues a commission could probe are former President Donald Trump's role in inciting the riot and the delayed arrival of the National Guard once the violence had broken out. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., voted for acquittal but acknowledged that Trump had some culpability for the siege at the Capitol that killed five people, including a police officer, and disrupted lawmakers' certification of Biden's White House victory. Pelosi has also tasked retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré with a review of Capitol security, and he has already recommended an increase in the allowance for individual lawmakers to spend on security.

"There should be a complete investigation about what happened", said Louisiana Sen.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, one of the seven Republican senators who voted in favor of conviction, also expressed his support for additional inquires on Sunday.

It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened.

The Senate voted on Saturday to acquit Donald Trump after he was charged with inciting the riot, falling 10 votes short of the necessary two-thirds needed for a conviction. "It will look different", she said.

The 74-year-old former president is already the target of at least one criminal investigation, led by Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance, who has been fighting for months to obtain eight years of his tax returns.

"His behaviour after the election was over the top", Sen Graham said.

"We need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened to make sure it never happens again", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, one of Trump's fiercest defenders, told Fox News Sunday.

Supporters of the commission think such an initiative will have a broader authority than those committees to pursue testimony from those in Trump's orbit - voices that were not part of the impeachment inquiry.

Pelosi has previously called for such an outside commission, which would exclude current House and Senate members and be patterned after the bipartisan panel created by Congress to investigate the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

McConnell said he could not vote to convict Trump because he is "constitutionally not eligible for conviction" since he is no longer president. "We need to push them, a lot", it added.

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