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Peolsi ‘will name a Democrat-led select committee to investigate the Capitol riot’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will name a Democrat-led select committee to investigate the Capitol riot.

Pelosi made the announcement during a closed-door meeting of the Steering and Policy Committee on Tuesday evening, according to two sources familiar with the discussions who spoke to Politico

CNN reported Tuesday night that she would set up the panel after Republicans blocked a 9/11-style commission in the Senate.

The announcement was released just moments after Senate Republicans blocked the Democrats’ bid to advance the For The People Act voting rights bill.

Every Republican Senator voted against the proposal which need 60 votes to pass the filibuster. 

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell called the voting rights bill a bid to orchestrate a ‘federal takeover of elections’ and one of the ‘biggest power grabs in US history’.   

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will name a Democrat-led select committee to investigate the Capitol riot

The select committee which Pelosi is creating to investigate the attack on the Capitol does not require Republican support to establish. 

But Republicans will still have some power in the process, which has fueled anxiety among some Democrats that firebrand lawmakers such as Jim Jordan, a fiercely-pro Trump Ohio Republican, could take on the number two spot and use it to undermine the committee’s work.

Pelosi did not say who would chair the committee. 

Several Democrats have pushed for Bennie Thompson, who has played a key role in the ongoing response to January 6 and chairs the Homeland Security Committee, to lead the effort.

Reports surfaced Tuesday night that she would set up the panel after Republicans blocked a 9/11-style commission in the Senate

Reports surfaced Tuesday night that she would set up the panel after Republicans blocked a 9/11-style commission in the Senate

More than 400 people are currently facing federal charges for the attack on the Capitol - the most significant storming of the building in 200 years

More than 400 people are currently facing federal charges for the attack on the Capitol – the most significant storming of the building in 200 years

Pelosi has been weighing up several options for an inquiry, amid Democrat determination not to let the incident fade into the background. 

On June 1 she ruled out a presidential commission to study the insurrection, telling House Democrats that having President Joe Biden appoint a panel is unworkable even after the Senate blocked an independent probe at the end of May. 

She proposed four options: giving the Senate a second change to vote on the commission; having a new select committee to investigate the siege; giving the responsibility to a single committee, like the House Homeland Security panel; or allowing committees to simply push ahead with their own investigations that are already underway. 

Pelosi’s comments come as members of both parties have pushed for a deep dive into the insurrection, which was designed to interrupt the presidential electoral count and was the worst attack on Congress in two centuries. 

Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House chamber on January 6

Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House chamber on January 6

The rioters had gathered to hear Trump speak on the morning of January 6, listening to him urge them to 'fight' against the 'stolen' election, and 'send a message' to the politicians in the Capitol, who were in the process of certifying the result

The rioters had gathered to hear Trump speak on the morning of January 6, listening to him urge them to ‘fight’ against the ‘stolen’ election, and ‘send a message’ to the politicians in the Capitol, who were in the process of certifying the result

Trump supporters fought running battles with riot police. Two officers took their own lives the days after the attack on the Capitol

Trump supporters fought running battles with riot police. Two officers took their own lives the days after the attack on the Capitol

Four rioters died in the attack, including a woman who was shot by police as she tried to break into the House chamber while lawmakers were still inside. 

The rioters brutally beat police and broke in through windows and doors as they hunted for lawmakers and called for Trump’s defeat to be overturned. 

White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at the end of May that ‘the president has been clear that the shameful events of January 6 need to be independently and fully investigated’ and that he remains committed to that.

‘We will continue to work with Congress to find a path forward to ensure that happens,’ she said.

After the Senate vote, some Democrats urged Biden to move on his own.

‘In light of the GOP’s cowardly filibuster of a bipartisan January 6th commission, I urge President Biden to form and appoint a Presidential Commission to fully investigate the insurrection at the United States Capitol, to identify the individuals and organizations who plotted or were involved in those violent acts, and to make recommendations to prevent such an attack from ever recurring,’ said Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly. 

A Trump supporter carries a Confederate flag through the Capitol near the entrance to the Senate

A Trump supporter carries a Confederate flag through the Capitol near the entrance to the Senate

Richard 'Bigo' Barnett, who stormed the Capitol on what he felt was the orders of Trump, sits at Nancy Pelosi's desk on January 6. The 60-year-old from Arkansas faces multiple federal charges including one felony for his alleged involvement in the violent storming of the Capitol

Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, who stormed the Capitol on what he felt was the orders of Trump, sits at Nancy Pelosi’s desk on January 6. The 60-year-old from Arkansas faces multiple federal charges including one felony for his alleged involvement in the violent storming of the Capitol

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer left open the possibility of a second attempt, saying after the vote that ‘the events of January 6 will be investigated.’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opposed the commission, saying he believes the panel would be partisan even though it would be divided evenly between the two parties. 

McConnell’s criticism came after Trump opposed it and called the legislation a ‘Democrat trap.’

Still, six in McConnell’s caucus defied him, arguing that an independent look was needed, and Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey would have brought the total to seven but for a family commitment, his office said. 

The Republicans who voted to move forward on the bill were Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Rob Portman of Ohio and Mitt Romney of Utah.

The House passed the bill in May, with 35 Republicans voting with Democrats to pass it.


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