(Washington) Democratic leader in Congress Nancy Pelosi has said the House of Representatives will move forward with inquiries to shed light on the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill, now that legislation to create an independent commission is at an impasse in the Senate.
Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 4:36 p.m.
Mary Clare Jalonick et Nomaan Merchant
“We can no longer wait” to investigate this insurgency, said the Speaker of the House.
These comments from Mme Pelosi were delivered as the House prepared to hear testimony from military officials and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday. They were to explain what went wrong that day when hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol and disrupted President Joe Biden’s certification of victory.
Mme Pelosi met with several panel chairs ahead of the hearing and then mentioned that the final form of the inquiries was “to be determined”.
“Whether we have a committee today, tomorrow or the next day in the Senate or not, the work of the committees will be very important in what we seek for the American people: the truth,” argued the elected Democrat of California.
One option under consideration is a select committee on the Jan.6 attack, which would put a majority of Democrats at the helm of the exercise. More than three dozen Republicans in the House and seven Republicans in the Senate wanted to avoid such a partisan inquiry and supported legislation to create an independent, bipartisan commission outside Congress.
But those numbers weren’t strong enough to overcome opposition from the Republican group in the Senate, where the support of 10 Republicans is needed to pass most bills. Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer has hinted that he could hold a second vote after legislation failed to move forward last month. However, there is no indication that Democrats can secure the necessary support from three more Republicans.
“We can’t wait any longer,” said Mme Pelosi. We will proceed. ”
Meanwhile, most Republicans are making it clear that they want to move on after the Jan.6 attack, brushing aside the many unanswered questions about the insurgency, including how the government and law enforcement handled it. lacked intelligence before the riots and Donald Trump’s role before and during the assault.
The National Guard had taken several hours to arrive at the scene as the police were overwhelmed and brutalized by rioters.
Seven people have died in connection with the riots, including a Trump supporter who was shot and killed on Capitol Hill and two police officers who committed suicide in the days that followed. A Capitol policeman also later died after being assaulted by protesters, but a medical examiner determined he died of natural causes.