Pelosi: Panel to Probe Jan. 6 Riot 06/23 06:17
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is signaling that she is poised to create a new
committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, pushing closer
to a partisan investigation of the attack after Senate Republicans blocked the
creation of an independent probe.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is signaling that she is
poised to create a new committee to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection at the
Capitol, pushing closer to a partisan investigation of the attack after Senate
Republicans blocked the creation of an independent probe.
A person familiar with the matter said after a meeting with Democrats that
Pelosi had told her colleagues that she would create a select panel. The person
spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private remarks. But Pelosi
later denied that, telling reporters, "No, I did not make that announcement."
The new committee would come after the Senate voted earlier this month to
block legislation to form a bipartisan, independent commission investigating
the attack by former President Donald Trump's supporters. Pelosi said afterward
that the House would step up investigations of the riot, in which a violent mob
overran police, broke into the building and hunted for lawmakers to try to stop
the certification of Joe Biden's election victory.
A new select committee would put majority Democrats in charge of the
investigation. More than three dozen Republicans in the House and seven Senate
Republicans said they wanted to avoid a partisan probe, and they supported the
legislation to form a commission, which would have been modeled after a similar
panel that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Still, those numbers weren't strong enough to overcome GOP opposition in the
Senate, where support from 1O Republicans is needed to pass most bills if all
Democrats vote yes. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has said he may hold
a second vote after the legislation failed to advance last month, but there's
no indication that Democrats can win the necessary support from three
Pelosi said earlier this month that the House "can't wait any longer" and
would proceed with a probe. She said then that she was considering a select
committee or having an existing committee conduct the investigation.
Many Republicans have made clear that they want to move on from the Jan. 6
attack, brushing aside the many unanswered questions about the insurrection,
including how the government and law enforcement missed intelligence leading up
to the rioting and the role of Trump before and during the insurrection.
Some Republicans have gone so far as to downplay the violence, with one
suggesting the rioters looked like tourists and another insisting that a woman,
Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed that day while trying to break into the
House chamber through a window was "executed."
Last week, 21 Republicans voted against giving medals of honor to Capitol
Police and Metropolitan Police to thank them for their service that day. Dozens
of those officers suffered injuries, including chemical burns, brain injuries
and broken bones.
Seven people died during and after the rioting, including Babbitt, three
other Trump supporters who died of medical emergencies and two police officers
who died by suicide in the days that followed. A third officer, Capitol Police
Officer Brian Sicknick, collapsed and later died after engaging with the
protesters, but a medical examiner determined he died of natural causes.