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GOP senators call for commission to investigate Capitol attack

GOP senators call for commission to investigate Capitol attack
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Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham pushes Schumer for vote to dismiss impeachment article Impeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation MORE (R-S.C.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators call for commission to investigate Capitol attack Wisconsin Democrats make ad buy calling on Johnson to resign Efforts to secure elections likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress MORE (R-Wis.) are calling on Congress to appoint a commission to investigate the deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol. 

The GOP senators are calling for a panel to look into the “massive security failures” that occurred Jan. 6.

“Congress should not be allowed to investigate itself when it comes to the massive security failures of January 6,” the senators wrote in a statement. “We are calling for an independent commission to be appointed to investigate the security failures that allowed the Capitol to be breached on January 6th resulting in five deaths.”  

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The senators said that the commission should be of “nationally recognized, non-partisan security experts,” and established in the “spirit of other bipartisan commissions.”

They added that without the independent commission, the investigation would “fall into the familiar territory of partisan squabbles ultimately resolving nothing.”

“The U.S. Capitol is the people’s house and it belongs to the American people. We owe it to them to get to the bottom of this security failure which was a national embarrassment,” the senators said. “A commission is the best opportunity for us to get the answers the American people deserve.” 

The call comes after the attack on the Capitol raised concerns about its security. Five people died in the riot, including a Capitol Police officer and a woman who was shot trying to storm the Speaker's Lobby outside the House chamber.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse GOP lawmaker: Trump 'put all of our lives at risk' Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Democrats seize on GOP donor fallout MORE (R-Calif.) briefly called for a “fact-finding” commission to investigate the attack while the House was debating an article of impeachment against President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE for inciting the riot. He previously suggested a bipartisan commission in a letter to his GOP colleagues.

The day after the riot, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat would MLK say about Trump and the Republican Party? Biden's minimum wage push faces uphill battle with GOP GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party MORE (R-Ky.) vowed there would be a “painstaking investigation and thorough review” of the Capitol’s security protocol.