House negotiators agree on an evenly split 9/11-style commission with subpoena power to probe the ‘January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex’
- The 10-person commission will be evenly split
- It will file a report by Dec. 31 on ‘facts and causes of the attack, along with recommendations to prevent future attacks on our democratic institutions’
- ‘National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex’
Republican and Democratic lawmakers have reached an agreement on a bipartisan panel to probe the January 6th Capitol riots – more than four months after members of a mob penetrate that building, shattered windows, and occupied the legislative chambers.
The commission will be evenly split, after an initial gambit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to maintain a narrow advantage by the Democratic majority.
‘There has been a growing consensus that the January 6th attack is of a complexity and national significance that what we need [is] an independent commission to investigate,” said Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), the chair and top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee.
Police were overwhelmed by protesters who invaded the US Capitol on January 6. Negotiators have reached agreement on a bipartisan commission to probe its causes
The deal comes days after Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde at an oversight hearing on the attack called it a ‘bold faced lie’ and a ‘normal tourist visit,’ despite the five deaths that occurred and video images of crowd members battling Capitol Police with bear spray, clubs, and poles.
It will be called the ‘National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex.’
The House is expected to vote on legislation to create it soon.
‘The commission will be charged with studying the facts and circumstances of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol as well as the influencing factors that may have provoked the attack on our democracy.’
The ten-member panel will be evenly split, with five members appointed by Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, and another five by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
‘Commissioners must have significant expertise in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence and cybersecurity,’ according to the committte. ‘Current government officers or employees are prohibited from appointment.’
It will issue a final report with ‘findings regarding the facts and causes of the attack, along with recommendations to prevent future attacks on our democratic institutions, by December 31, 2021.’
Republicans had earlier pushed to expand the commissions mandate to Black Lives Matter protests and street violence from the summer of 2020 – in a move Pelosi derided as an effort to muddle the causes behind the Capitol riot, which took place as lawmakers met to count the electoral votes submitted by states.
House impeachment managers who argued for Trump’s removal following the riot called it an ‘insurrection.’