Editorial: Independent inquiry

United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that Congress will establish an independent, 9/11-style commission to look into the deadly insurrection that took place at the US Capitol.

Pelosi said the commission will investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the 6 January, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.

In a letter to Democratic colleagues, Pelosi said the House will also put forth supplemental spending to boost security at the Capitol. After former President Donald Trump’s acquittal at his second Senate impeachment trial, bipartisan support appeared to be growing for an independent commission to examine the deadly insurrection. Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee. Pelosi, D-Calif., asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honor to lead an immediate review of the Capitol’s security process.

In her letter, Pelosi said, it is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened. She added, as we prepare for the Commission, it is also clear from General Honor ‘s interim reporting that we must put forth a supplemental appropriation to provide for the safety of Members and the security of the Capitol.

Lawmakers from both parties, speaking on Sunday’s news shows, signaled that even more inquiries were likely. The Senate verdict Saturday, with its 57-43 majority falling 10 votes short of the two-thirds needed to convict Trump, hardly put to rest the debate about the Republican former president’s culpability for the 6 January assault. There should be a complete investigation about what happened, said Louisiana Sen. That’s precisely what everyone is expecting.


NT Bureau