Pelosi To Form Select Committee To Investigate 1/6 Insurrection
Since Mitch McConnell convinced his fellow Republicans in the Senate last month to block the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today announced that House Democrats will form a select committee to do the job.
“This morning, with great solemnity and sadness, I’m announcing that the House will be establishing a select committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection,” Pelosi said at a news conference Thursday morning.
Senate Republicans last month blocked the creation of an independent commission, even though 35 House Republicans endorsed the effort. That commission would have been modeled after a similar panel formed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and charged with producing an objective account of what fueled that day’s violence.
Some 10,000 people laid siege to the Capitol on Jan. 6. Nearly 800 of them broke into the Capitol building. The Trump-supporting rioters’ action resulted in five deaths. Nearly 140 officers were assaulted during the attack, as they faced rioters armed with ax handles, bats, metal batons, wooden poles, hockey sticks, noxious sprays and other weapons.
The select committee will require a majority vote in the Democratic-led House to be formed and is a sign that Pelosi wants to centralize those investigations in one body that will be equipped with subpoena power and tasked with publishing its findings.
Pelosi’s announcement was anticipated after the Republican Kentucky Senate Minority Leader, who relishes in having been awarded the title “Dr. No,” quashed any hope of a bipartisan effort to root out the cause of the assault on the Capitol.