House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that the House of Representatives will create a select committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol after Republicans blocked a proposal for an independent, bipartisan 9-11 style commission.
“This morning, with great solemnity and sadness, I’m announcing that the House will be establishing a select committee on the January 6 insurrection,” Pelosi said. “The select committee will investigate and report on the facts and the causes of the attack and it will report recommendations for the prevention of any future attack.
“A temple of our democracy was attacked by insurrectionists,” she said. “It is imperative that we seek the truth as to what happened.”
She said, “The select committee is about our democracy, about ensuring that the Capitol dome remain a symbol of freedom.”
“January 6 was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history…It is imperative that we establish the truth of that day, and ensure that an attack of that kind cannot happen and that we root out the causes of it all. The select committee will investigate and report on the facts and the causes of the attack and it will make report recommendations for the prevention of any future attack,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi did not announce who would lead the commission, adding: “I will make those announcements later.”
Pelosi said she remains hopeful Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who opposed the commission, will appoint members to the committee.
“It’s clear the Republicans are afraid of the truth,” Pelosi said.
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