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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced plans for Congress to establish an external and independent commission to investigate the “facts and causes” associated with the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
U letter sent to her Democratic counterparts on Monday, the California Democrat said the commission would be modeled on a commission set up after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Pelosi noted the recent work of retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, who “assessed our security needs by reviewing what happened on Jan. 6 and how we must ensure that does not happen again.”
“As we prepare for the Commission, it is also clear from General Honoré’s interim report that we need to allocate additional funds to ensure the safety of members and the safety of the Capitol,” Pelosi wrote.
Pelosi had it first suggested creating such a commission two weeks ago.
Such a move will require legislation and is likely to solve partisan difficulties.
Her letter to colleagues arrived hours after four Republicans from the House sent it letter Pelosi suggests that she may be responsible for the delay in the deployment of National Guard troops before and during the uprising. The letter makes no mention of Senate Minority Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was still Senate Majority Leader on Jan. 6 and who would also have the right to vote in the Capitol’s security stance.
“It has been five weeks since the January 6 attack on the Capitol building, and many important questions about your responsibility for the security of the Capitol remain unanswered,” their letter said.
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, called the Republicans’ letter “a transparent partisan attempt to put the blame on the speaker.”
“He is a speaker and will continue to take action to ensure accountability and increase the security of the Capitol,” he said in a statement. “After the uprising, the Home Arms Sergeant, the Senate Arms Sergeant and the Captol Police Chief were removed from their positions. It is the job of the Capitol Police Committee, on which these three people sat, to properly plan and prepare for the security threats it faces. the American Capitol. “
Senator Chris Coons, a close ally of President Biden, told ABC This week he supports a 9/11-style commission to further investigate the events that led to the attack.
“There’s still more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear,” the Delaware Democrat said. “The 9/11 commission is a way to ensure that we secure the Capitol in the future and that we will expose data on how responsible President Trump really was and how shamefully he violated his constitutional oath.”
Following the attack on the Capitol, heightened security measures were deployed around the complex, including requiring members to pass metal detectors and various forms fencing secured around the perimeter of the Capitol.