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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 GrahamGOP governors move to cut unemployment benefits as debate rages over effects Trump critics push new direction for GOP Graham warns about trying to 'drive' Trump from GOP: 'Half the people will leave' MORE (R-S.C.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonImmigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart GOP split on counteroffer to Biden's spending Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins 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 McCarthyRoy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts Why Cheney was toppled, and what it says about the GOP and Trump's claims 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 TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? 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 McConnellOn The Money: Biden, Senate GOP take step toward infrastructure deal as other plans hit speed bumps Senate GOP to give Biden infrastructure counteroffer next week Masks shed at White House; McConnell: 'Free at last' MORE (R-Ky.) vowed there would be a “painstaking investigation and thorough review” of the Capitol’s security protocol.