House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced she now establish an “outside, independent 9\11 type Commission” to investigate the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
In her weekly letter to colleagues, Pelosi said the commission would “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to January 6, 2021, the domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex… and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.”
Pelosi’s announcement comes two days after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump over his conduct leading up to the riot.
“There’s still more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear, and a 9/11 commission is a way to make sure that we secure the Capitol going forward,” Coons said. “And that we lay bare the record of just how responsible and how abjectly violating of his constitutional oath President Trump really was.”
In a speech after the vote, McConnell (R-KY) said the president was “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of that day.” The Senate’s hands were tied to do anything about it because Trump was out of office.
“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). “History will remember that statement of speaking out of two sides of his mouth,” she said.