Washington – The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced Thursday that she created a special commission to investigate the assault on the Capitol on January 6 and said that it is “imperative that we seek the truth.”
The new commission is announced after Republican senators blocked an initiative to form an independent, bipartisan panel to investigate the incident. A violent mob of supporters of then President Donald Trump overran the police, broke into the building and sought out lawmakers to try to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
The House of Representatives approved the initiative to create a commission last month, and Pelosi, a California Democrat, said she preferred that an independent panel spearhead the inquiry. But he added that Congress cannot wait any longer to begin investigating the insurrection in depth.RELATED
“January 6 was a day of darkness for our country,” Pelosi commented, and the “terror and trauma” for the members and staff who were there is something she cannot forget. The congresswoman added that there is no deadline for the committee, which will investigate and report the facts and causes of the attack and make recommendations to prevent this from happening again.
Pelosi did not say who will be in charge or on the committee.
Pelosi’s official announcement, two days after she indicated to her colleagues that she would create it, means that Democrats will be at the forefront of what will likely be the most comprehensive assault review.
More than three dozen representatives and seven Republican senators said they supported the creation of a commission similar to the one that investigated the attacks of September 11, 2001.
But that support was not enough to overcome opposition from the rest of the Republicans in the Senate.