Pelosi says 9/11-style commission to investigate Capitol breach is 'next step'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House races clock to beat GOP attacks Sunday shows - Infrastructure dominates Liz Cheney says allegations against Gaetz are 'sickening,' refuses to say if he should resign MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is the “next step” after the Senate impeachment trial concluded. 

The Speaker said in a "Dear Colleague" letter that the impeachment trial and Ret. Gen. Russel Honoré’s initial security review into how to prevent a similar incident make it “clear” that “we must get to the truth of how this happened.”

“To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission,” she said. 


The commission would “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex" as well as "relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region,” Pelosi said.

Requests for a commission similar to the one formed post-9/11 have picked up in the weeks since the breach at the Capitol led to the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer, and scores of law enforcement injuries.  

Lawmakers who have called for such an investigation want to learn more about why law enforcement agencies were not more prepared to respond when supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE stormed the Capitol building, interrupting the counting of the Electoral College votes and forcing both chambers to recess and lawmakers to flee to secure locations. 

Several security leaders, including the Capitol Police chief, House sergeant-at-arms and Senate sergeant-at-arms, stepped down from their positions in the days afterward.

Pelosi, who served on a separate joint House and Senate committee looking into 9/11, previously said an independent commission to examine what happened Jan. 6 was all but inevitable. 


“We will have an after-action review; there will be a commission,” Pelosi said last month. 

Head Republicans on the House Administration, Homeland Security and Oversight and Reform committees — Reps. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisGOP lawmakers request briefing on Democrats' claims of 'suspicious' Capitol tours before Jan. 6 Republicans take victory lap after Iowa Democrat drops challenge Democrat Rita Hart withdraws challenge in Iowa House race MORE (Ill.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoLegislation seeks metrics to boost border funding for future migrant 'surge' Lawmakers reintroduce legislation to secure internet-connected devices House Republicans who backed Trump impeachment warn Democrats on Iowa election challenge MORE (N.Y.), and James ComerJames (Jamie) R. ComerOvernight Energy: EPA pledges new focus on environmental justice | Republicans probe EPA firing of Trump-appointed science advisers | Biden administration asks court to toss kids' climate lawsuit Republicans probe EPA firing of Trump-appointed science advisers Parler says it alerted FBI to threats before Capitol riot MORE (Ky.) — have proposed a bill that would create a bipartisan commission.

Some House Democrats are instead calling for a commission to focus generally on domestic terrorism and extremism, including how law enforcement responds to these perpetrators. 

Pelosi is looking to the “next step” after the Senate impeachment trial concluded this weekend with senators acquitting Trump after the House impeached him alleging that he incited the violence at the Capitol.

Seven Republican senators voted to convict the former president in the most bipartisan Senate impeachment trial vote, but the upper chamber did not reach the necessary two-thirds majority to convict Trump.