A select committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection in the United States Capitol will have 13 members and the power to subpoena witnesses, according to legislation published by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The House is expected to vote on the bill this week.
Senate Republicans blocked an independent bipartisan commission to investigate the attack in which hundreds of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and disrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.
The new House panel will have eight members appointed by Pelosi and five appointed “after consultation with” Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. A Pelosi aide said the speaker was considering including a Republican among her nominations, bringing the division to 7-6.
Pelosi said January 6 was “one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.”
“The select committee will investigate and report on the facts and causes of the attack and report recommendations to prevent any future attacks,” he said.
Democrats are likely to investigate Trump’s role in the siege and the right-wing groups that were present. Nearly three dozen House Republicans voted to create an independent panel, which would have even been partisan. Seven Republicans in the Senate supported that bill.
The new committee will have the power of summons and will not have an end date. It may issue interim reports.
Trump is not explicitly mentioned in the legislation, which directs the committee to investigate “facts, circumstances and causes related to the national terrorist attack of January 6, 2021 against the United States Capitol Complex and related to interference with the peaceful transfer. power”.
The panel will also study “influencing factors that fostered such an attack on American democracy while participating in a constitutional process.”
Pelosi has not said who will chair the committee. She has said she is “hopeful that there may be a commission at some point.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he could vote for a second ballot to form the independent body, but there is no indication that Republican votes have changed.
Many Republicans have sidelined questions about the insurrection, including how the administration and law enforcement overlooked Trump’s intelligence and role.
One Republican has said the rioters looked like tourists and another insisted that a Trump supporter named Ashli Babbitt, who was shot to death while trying to enter the House, was “executed.”
Two officers who fought the rioters, Metropolitan Officer Michael Fanone and Capitol Officer Harry Dunn, have been lobbying Republicans. They met with McCarthy on Friday and said they asked him to report comments that downplayed the violence.
Fanone said he asked McCarthy to commit to not putting “the wrong people” on the new selection committee and that McCarthy said he would take it seriously. McCarthy’s office did not respond to requests for comment.
Officers also asked McCarthy to denounce 21 Republicans who voted against awarding medals of honor to the Capitol and the Metropolitan Police for their service on January 6. Dozens of people suffered injuries, including chemical burns, brain injuries and broken bones.
McCarthy, who voted in favor of the measure, told them that he would deal with those members in private.
Seven people died during and after the riots, including Babbitt and three Trump supporters who died from medical emergencies. Two police officers died by suicide and a third, Brian Sicknick, collapsed and died after interacting with protesters. A coroner determined that he died of natural causes.
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