Pelosi to Create Choose Committee to Examine Jan. 6 Assault on Capitol

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Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she would set up a special committee to further investigate the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol after Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan effort to form an independent panel of experts to investigate the insurrection .

“January 6th was a day of darkness for our country,” Ms. Pelosi told reporters. “Our temple of democracy was attacked by insurgents.”

The move came after Ms. Pelosi signaled for weeks that she wanted to take such a step to oversee the storming of the Capitol by a crowd of supporters of President Donald J. Trump trying to disrupt the Congressional vote count, to formalize the President Biden’s victory.

On Tuesday, Ms. Pelosi told top House Democrats that she planned to announce her decision in a special committee this week. It has claimed that it would prefer the Senate to approve a bipartisan commission modeled on the one that investigated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks admitted that it no longer seemed possible. Fewer than 10 Republicans – the amount it takes to defeat a law filibuster – backed such an investigation when it came to a Senate vote this month.

“We have to look for the truth,” said Ms. Pelosi on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear who would chair the body or join its membership.

Earlier this week, South Carolina Rep. James E. Clyburn, Democrat No. 3, told reporters that he “agreed with everyone” Ms. Pelosi elected to chair the committee.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, California Republican and minority leader, said Wednesday that he would prefer a Senate committee to investigate the attack rather than the instance proposed by Ms. Pelosi.

Mr McCarthy refused to set up an independent bipartisan commission when the matter was voted on in the House of Representatives.

“We want to get to the bottom of what happened on January 6th. It’s disgusting what happened that day, ”McCarthy said on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, the speaker always played politics with it. Again and again. She has never spoken to me about it. ”

But Rep. Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming, who was number 3 Republican before being ousted from her leadership position for criticizing Mr Trump, supported the idea of ​​moving forward with the committee.

“It’s really important for us to make sure we have a full investigation into what happened on January 6,” said Ms. Cheney.

About 140 police officers were injured in the most violent attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812. Seven people died in connection with the siege, including an officer who suffered multiple strokes after fighting with rioters.