Speaker Pelosi vows to move forward with independent inquiry into Capitol riot

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

Democratic and Republican lawmakers are joining forces to demand the creation of an independent blue-ribbon commission to investigate the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

Four Republican members of Congress, including Ohio's Jim Jordan and California's Devin Nunes, on Presidents' Day sent Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a three-page letter effectively blaming her for the deadly January 6 insurrection, urging her to end "this political charade".

The objective of this new unit will be to investigate the reaction of the Capitol Police, who were overwhelmed by the mob in the attack, as well as the response, "Preparation and Feedback" From other law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels "Interference in the peaceful transfer of power".

Pelosi had previously called to "establish a 9/11-type commission" to probe and report the causes and security failures that made it possible for a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump to breach the Capitol building as lawmakers certified President Joe Biden's November election win. 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. General Russel Honouré has been reviewing the Capitol's "security infrastructure" in the weeks since the riot, and is now looking into how to ensure an attack does not happen again.

"There should be a complete investigation about what happened", Cassidy said. Bill Cassidy, one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump.


"For the past few weeks, General Honore has been assessing our security needs by reviewing what happened on January 6 and how we must ensure that it does not happen again", Pelosi wrote, referring to retired Lt.

Cassidy was quickly censured by his state's Republican Party for voting to convict Trump but still believes more Republicans would support his position if they knew all the facts about the riots and Trump's role in inciting the attack.

Mr Trump survived his second impeachment trial - the only president to face the process twice - on Saturday, after Democrat prosecutors failed to secure the two-thirds majority needed to convict him. Lindsey Graham of SC was among lawmakers in support, telling Fox News that "we need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again". "His behaviour after the election was over the top", Graham said. "It will look different", she said at the time. McConnell had voted to acquit Trump, arguing impeachment was unconstitutional since he had left office.

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. "We need to push them, a lot", it added.

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