Tuesday, 02 March, 2021

Nancy Pelosi Plans ‘Independent 9/11-Type Commission’ to Investigate Capitol Riot

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi alongside House impeachment managers speaks to the media in Washington on Saturday after the Senate voted to acquit former U.S. President Donald Trump. | AFP-JIJI Pelosi Announces '9/11-Type Commission' To Investigate Capitol Insurrection
Sandy Nunez | 16 February, 2021, 05:17

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced plans Monday to form an "independent 9/11-type commission" to investigate the circumstances surrounding the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building, including the security breakdowns that led to the complex being overrun.

In a letter to House Democrats, the speaker reminded her caucus that retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré has worked at Pelosi's direction over the past few weeks on "assessing our security needs by reviewing what happened on January 6 and how we must ensure that it does not happen again".

"There's still more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear and a 9/11 commission is a way to make sure that we secure the Capitol going forward", said Democratic Senator Chris Coons, a Biden ally.

Although Trump was acquitted of inciting the breach in the Senate impeachment trial, some Republicans have claimed the former president could still be prosecuted.

Democrats say Trump, who held a rally urging supporters to "fight like hell", was to blame for inciting the crowd that smashed its way into Congress.

Cassidy was one of the seven Republicans who joined Democrats voting in favor of Trump's conviction. But Cassidy said he's confident his fellow Republicans will support beefed-up scrutiny as more details about the riot spill out.

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Pressure had been growing for an inquiry into events on January 6 when a Trump-supporting mob invaded and then ransacked the Capitol building in an attempt to prevent the certification of Joe Biden's election victory. They also railed against the Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, and others who they said were "trying to have it both ways" in finding the former president not guilty but criticizing him at the same time. "His behaviour after the election was over the top", Graham said. "We need to push them, a lot", it added.

McConnell said he could not vote to convict Trump because he is "constitutionally not eligible for conviction" since he is no longer president. "History will remember that statement of speaking out of two sides of his mouth", she said.

House impeachment manager Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), who also spoke on "This Week", alluded to the partisanship of Saturday's vote, saying a commission could avoid political infighting.

Pelosi's announcement comes just two days following the end of the Trump impeachment trial.

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. Sund said in a letter to Pelosi last month, the former Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving said he was concerned about "the optics" and did not feel the "intelligence supported it".