Pelosi reiterates call for 9/11-style commission on January 6 insurrection

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 16, 2021

The former US President Donald Trump's troubles are far from over, even after his acquittal in the impeachment trial, as his opposition is now urging the creation of an independent 9/11-style Commission to look into the Capitol riots.

The commission, she said, "would investigate and report on the facts and causes" of the attack; "the interference with the peaceful transfer of power"; and the "preparedness and response" of both the Capitol police and other branches of law enforcement.

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. Russel Honoré is to lead an immediate review of the Capitol's security process after Trump supporters easily overwhelmed outnumbered Capitol Police. But the support of seven Republicans - and a blistering rebuke of Trump from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. - suggests there's enough bipartisan appetite for a commission that could likely shed more light on Trump's actions before, during and after the January 6 attack.

The Speaker also said that Honoré's report revealed that Congress would need to put forth supplemental appropriation to provide additional security at the Capitol to protect members.

Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat and close ally of President Joe Biden, agreed that Americans still don't know the whole truth about what happened, who is responsible and how it could have been prevented.

Pelosi's remarks come after the Senate on Saturday voted to acquit Trump of his role in the breach during an impeachment trial.

Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana told ABC News there should be a "complete investigation" and Trump "should be held accountable".

Last week, a prosecutor in Georgia revealed she was investigating Trump's efforts to subvert the state's results in the November 3 election by pressuring local officials to alter the vote count.

Pelosi has discussed such an investigative commission since the attack, and the approach has bipartisan support. Trump was acquitted after House Democrats accused Trump of inciting the January 6 insurrection.

"Five weeks have passed since the January 6th attack on the Capitol building, and many important questions about your responsibility for the security of the Capitol remain unanswered", said the top Republicans on the Judiciary, Oversight, intelligence and House Administration committees. Graham said he looked forward to campaigning with Trump in the 2022 election, when Republicans hope to regain the congressional majority.

"It was powerful to hear the 57 guilties and then it was puzzling to hear and see Mitch McConnell stand and say "not guilty" and then, minutes later, stand again and say he was guilty of everything", said Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa.

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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