House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Congress would create an independent body similar to the 9/11 Commission to look at the U.S. violation of Jan. 6. That Capitol.
She said in a statement on Monday, “It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we need to get to the reality of how this happened.” Our next move will be to set up an outside, impartial 9/11-type Commission to ‘investigate and report on the facts and causes’ of the riot in order to protect our safety, our safety, our protection.
Pelosi said in a letter to her Democratic colleagues that the House would also bring in extra spending to improve security at the Capitol. She had previously asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to lead a study of the security processes of the Capitol.
She continued, “As we prepare for the Commission, it is also apparent from the interim report of General Honoré that we must put forward an additional appropriation to ensure the security of the members and the security of the Capitol.”
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The declaration comes after Trump was convicted in the Senate after he was impeached by the House for allegedly inciting Capitol abuse. Trump, for his part, on Jan. 6, instructed followers to demonstrate “peacefully and patriotically,” while his attorneys argued that the First Amendment shielded his remarks to demonstrators.
Managers of the House impeachment headed by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) argued that the violation was solely the fault of Trump. Ultimately, to convict Trump, seven Republicans joined Democrats in the Senate, attracting heated criticism from their respective state Republican Parties.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said on Sunday, The Associated Press reported, “There’s still more proof that the American people need and deserve to hear, and a 9/11 commission is a way to ensure that we secure the Capitol going forward.”
Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania were the Republicans who supported Cassidy in voting to convict.
Trump said in response to his acquittal, “Our cherished Constitutional Republic was founded on the impartial rule of law, the indispensable safeguard of our freedoms, our rights, and our liberties.”