Pelosi announces plans for '9/11-type commission' to investigate Capitol attack

  • Pelosi announces plans for '9/11-type commission' to investigate Capitol attack

Pelosi announces plans for '9/11-type commission' to investigate Capitol attack

Ms Pelosi added that the panel would also look at the "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".

Establishing 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 mandating the panel investigate what caused the September 11 attacks and how to prevent a similar attack. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré has also been conducting a security review of the Capitol complex on Pelosi's orders.

On Saturday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump's spread of false conspiracy theories about the election were partially to blame for the insurrection.

In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said the House will also put forth supplemental spending to boost security at the Capitol.

"For the past few weeks, General Honoré 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 in her letter on Monday.

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

Pelosi said she would move to establish an "outside, independent 9/11-type Commission" to probe the US Capitol assault that left five people dead.

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

For Democrats, the commission may aid in holding the president accountable after the impeachment inquiry failed to convict Trump with inciting supporters during his January 6 speech to stop the counting of votes for President Biden.

The Senate verdict Saturday, with its 57-43 majority falling 10 votes short of the two-thirds needed to convict Trump, hardly put to rest the debate about the Republican former president's culpability for the January 6 assault.

Hours after the Senate's verdict, the Louisiana Republican Party voted to censure Cassidy.

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. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) said on "This Week".

"Different from 9/11. What were there, nine people?"

Even Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC, an ardent support of Trump who voted for acquittal, acknowledged that the former president's words and actions contributed to the violent insurrection that killed five people, including a police officer, and disrupted lawmakers' certification of Biden's White House victory.

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. 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". Graham said he looked forward to campaigning with Trump in the 2022 election, when Republicans hope to regain the congressional majority.