U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said tonight (Tuesday-Wednesday) in closed-door talks that she plans to set up a special committee to investigate the riots that occurred at Capitol Hill earlier this year, according to two different sources involved in the details. The remarks are part of a discussion in the House Steering and Policy Committee.
In response to reporters’ questions, Pelosi replied: “I did not say that, this is an incorrect report.” Drew Hamill, a spokeswoman for Pelosi, added that later this week she would officially announce her decision. He further clarified that the preference is to establish a bipartisan committee but it seems that at this stage this is not possible. CNN made it clear that they were behind the reports.
Recall, on January 6, what began as a protest rally over the results of the presidential election and support for former President Donald Trump, quickly degenerated into violent riots on Capitol Hill, burglary and severe clashes with police in which four people were killed.
According to the publications, Pelosi’s decision to set up the committee comes after talks with senior members of the Democratic Party and in light of increasing pressure from them to set up an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the events. A number of committees in the U.S. House of Representatives are currently conducting independent investigations, including the Homeland Security Committee. Two committees have already released their own bipartisan report earlier this month on the security failures that preceded the riots, but Democrats say “the spot reports are no substitute for a broader investigation.”
Last month, Republicans managed to block a bill to establish a two-party commission of inquiry into the riots on Capitol Hill after only six Republicans voted in favor. The commission of inquiry that was to be set up was to investigate the events leading up to January 6, including the very day on which Trump supporters broke into the Capitol.
The vote ended in a 35-54 majority in favor of the vote but was halted as it did not get the 60 votes needed to advance Senate legislation. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said immediately after the vote: “We all know what’s going on here. The Republicans in the Senate chose to defend the big lie because they feared that anything that might upset Donald Trump could hurt them politically.”
If Pelosi does decide to form the committee, it seems that members of the Republican Party will not cooperate and will attack the committee for being one-sided.