House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that Congress will establish an independent body similar to the 9/11 Commission to look at the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.
Pelosi, in a statement released on Monday, details the work that Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré has been doing in order to look into security needs and make sure that the attack on the Capitol building is never repeated.
Lt. General Honoré is a retired Army Lieutenant General whom Pelosi assigned to lead a review of the security of the U.S. Capitol after the January 6 attack.
“It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened,” she said in her statement. “To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission to ‘investigate and report on the facts and causes’” of the riot.
In a letter to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said the House will also put forth supplemental spending to boost security at the Capitol.
She added, “As we prepare for the Commission, it is also clear from General Honoré’s interim reporting that we must put forth a supplemental appropriation to provide for the safety of Members and the security of the Capitol.”
The statement comes after Trump was acquitted in the Senate after the House impeached him for allegedly inciting violence at the Capitol. Trump, for his part, told supporters on Jan. 6 to protest “peacefully and patriotically,” while his lawyers argued that his comments to demonstrators were protected under the First Amendment.
House impeachment managers led by Rep. Jamie Raskin attempted to argue that Trump was solely responsible for the breach. Ultimately, seven Republicans joined Democrats in the Senate to convict Trump, drawing intense criticism from their respective state Republican Parties.
“There’s still more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear and a 9/11 commission is a way to make sure that we secure the Capitol going forward,” said Sen. Chris Coons on Sunday, reported The Associated Press.
The Republicans who joined Cassidy in voting to convict were Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Some Republicans also support a 9/11 commission to investigate the riot. Se. Lindsey Graham said in Fox News appearance that he supports the move. He said the commission could help prevent a similar event.
“I’d like to know, did the Capitol Hill police inform the House sergeant at arms and the Senate sergeant at arms the day before the attack that they needed more troops?” Graham asked. “We need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again.”
“Could the president have done more? Yes,” Graham said. “Did he incite this riot by his speech? Absolutely not. If Donald Trump’s speech is going to be seen as incitement by a politician to call violence about every Democrat and Republican up here is in trouble but I’d like to know that. I’d like to know did the Capitol Hill police inform the House sergeant at arms and the Senate sergeant at arms the day before the attack that they needed more troops? So I want to look at all of it.”