Pelosi: Independent commission will investigate riot at U.S. Capitol

Pablo Tucker
February 16, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday announced the creation of an independent commission to investigate and report on what led to the events of January 6, and what happened when rioters stormed the Capitol that day. "To protect 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 Complex.and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region".

Pelosi cited in her announcement the evidence presented at Trump's Senate impeachment trial, which ended with his acquittal on Saturday, and Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré's review of the Capitol's security measures.

Donald Trump will pass his second impeachment test After being acquitted by the Senate, formed as a jury, charged with "inciting a rebellion" in an attack on the Capitol.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestures during a new conference
Nancy Pelosi says investigations are needed to get to the truth of how the riots happened

"His behavior after the election was exaggerated", Graham said. "It will look different", she said at the time.

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

"We need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened to make sure it never happens again", said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from SC.

On Sunday, Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Stacey Plaskett, a House prosecutor who represents the Virgin Islands, said of the verdict, describing it as "heartbreaking". "We need to push them, a lot", it added. "We needed more senators with spines". Ten Republican members of Congress voted against Trump, resulting in a 232 to 197 vote to impeach.

The senior Republican in Congress, Senator Mitch McConnell, had voted against conviction on constitutional grounds, but after the vote declared Mr Trump "responsible" for the assault on the Capitol. "History will remember that statement of speaking out of two sides of his mouth", she said.

According to Fox News, the letter references a security decision made on January 4 that the National Guard should not be called in pre-emptively because of concerns about the "optics" of such a thing.

In a news conference earlier this month, Pelosi told reporters that House members would not serve on the commission and it would place an increased focus on diversity. The Senate voted 57-43 to acquit the former president, with seven Republican senators voting in favor of conviction. House Democrats brought their impeachment case against him without an accompanying investigation - a reflection of the hurried, urgent nature of the effort given Trump's waning days in office.

And they said Mrs. Pelosi's office is stonewalling attempts to pry loose documents that would shed light on the decisions made.

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