The House’s Homeland Security Committee came to an agreement on a bill to establish a 9/11-style commission on the Jan. 6 Capitol breach—which was pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
The bill, includes an equal number of Democrats and Republicans.
“It is imperative that we seek the truth of what happened on January 6 with an independent, bipartisan 9/11-type Commission to examine and report upon the facts, causes and security” Pelosi said in a statement.
“The 10-person commission will look into the factors that caused the incident and the “influencing factors that may have provoked the attack on our democracy,”
“I am pleased that after many months of intensive discussion, Ranking Member Katko and I were able to reach a bipartisan agreement,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), said.
“The creation of this commission is our way of taking responsibility for protecting the US Capitol.” He was referring to Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), ranking member on the committee, who notably was among 10 Republicans to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump over his Jan. 6 speech that House Democrats claimed incited the Jan. 6 breach.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, “The commission needs to examine events outside of the Jan. 6 breach, including deadly riots that erupted across the United States last summer.”
“If this commission is going to come forward to tell us how to protect this facility in the future, you want to make sure that the scope, that you can look at all that came up before and what came up after. So that’s very concerning to me,” McCarthy told reporters.
Previously, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, “The commission should expand its investigation into other civil unrest.”
Trump said, “House Democrats—in their impeachment effort—made false accusations against him, and he accused them of continuing a “witch hunt” that occurred during his presidency. In his speech to supporters, Trump told them to “fight like hell,” but it appeared to refer to political engagement, not violence. He also said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Some have criticized claims made by House impeachment managers regarding the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, saying the claims were later proven to be incorrect—that his death was later revealed by the D.C. Medical Examiner’s office to have been caused by a stroke, and his manner of death was deemed natural.Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, of West Virginia, were charged with assaulting Sicknick with a chemical spray, officials said in March.
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