House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) again called for a congressional commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol uprising.
The letter, sent 100 days after the attempted insurrection, indicated that Pelosi recently sent another proposal to the leadership of the Republican House to form a formal group along the lines of the 9/11 Commission.
“Compromises were necessary; Now we must agree on the scope, composition and resources required to seek and find the truth, ”wrote Pelosi. “I hope we can reach an agreement very soon. At the same time, House and Senate committees have held and planned hearings that will be a resource for the commission. “
Thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 while both the House and Senate were in the process of confirming the votes of the electoral college. Six people, including a Capitol Police Department officer, died as a result of the day’s events.
In her letter, Pelosi remembered Brian Sicknick, the CPD officer who died during the uprising, and Billy Evans, a CPD officer who died when a car tried to overcome a Capitol barricade earlier this month. Both officers were honored at the Capitol for their valor in giving their lives to protect the Capitol and members of Congress.
The call for a congressional commission began almost immediately after the uprising, and Trump was indicted in late January for his role in inciting violence. He avoided conviction in the Republican-controlled Senate, although seven senators from his party went over to vote for his conviction.
Democratic lawmakers want to shed more facts on what happened that day – those that helped organize, whether the White House had a direct hand in organizing the insurrection, and law enforcement planning and responding to the remote threat – right amount.
However, Pelosi has done himself a disservice in trying to form the commission. In early February, the speaker proposed a commission made up of seven Democrats and four Republicans to “conduct an investigation into the relevant facts and circumstances surrounding the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol”.
The Republican leadership responded by objecting to the partisan imbalance in the original proposal and attempting to extend the scope of the commission to all political violence in the United States. Republicans have also requested subpoena power for Conservative members of the commission.
“If Congress is to attempt a broader analysis of toxic political violence in this country, then in this case we cannot have an artificial cherry harvest whose horrific behavior deserves and does not deserve scrutiny,” said Mitch McConnell, Senate R, Minority Leader . KY) said in February.
Regarding the latest call to action, Republican house manager Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) denied having received a new proposal from Pelosi’s office, according to a report from CBS News.
“The latest proposal from Spokesman Pelosi was not made available to either the Republican leader or his staff, but hopefully the spokesman has addressed our basic concerns about equal representation and subpoena authority,” a McCarthy spokesman told CBS News.
The Republican strategy across the board appears to be an attempt to divert its party’s responsibility to fuel the social and political dynamism that led to the insurrection by referring to random examples of left-wing violence. What-about-ism has become a common GOP tactic in recent years.
However, it remains to be seen whether the actions – and words – of several Republican lawmakers advocating the “big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump will come within the scope of the commission’s investigation.