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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Fixing Congress requires fixing how it legislates 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. 

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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 TrumpTrump defends indicted GOP congressman House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt Youngkin calls for investigation into Loudoun County School Board amid sexual assault allegations 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. 

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“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 DavisIllinois Democrats propose new 'maximized' congressional map GOP rep presses Capitol Police Board on outstanding security recommendations House approves John Lewis voting rights measure MORE (Ill.), John KatkoJohn Michael KatkoLawmakers advocate for establishment of standalone House and Senate cyber panels Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Facebook experiences widespread outage Lawmakers introduce bill to identify and protect critical groups from cyber threats MORE (N.Y.), and James ComerJames (Jamie) R. ComerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Dip in COVID-19 cases offer possible sign of hope 'I was one of the lucky ones': Three Democrats recount their abortion stories to panel Hillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — Senators gear up for Facebook hearing 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.