Published: Tue, February 16, 2021

Pelosi: Independent commission will investigate riot at U.S. Capitol

Pelosi: Independent commission will investigate riot at U.S. Capitol

In a letter to lawmakers, she said the commission would be modelled on the inquiry into the 11 September 2001 attacks on NY and the Pentagon.

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

She also hoped that this Commission will look into peaceful transfer of power - something that Trump struggled with after his historic defeat in the United States election 2020.

Capitol on January 6, which left five people dead. The troops are expected to remain through mid-March.

More than 200 people have been charged with federal crimes in the bloody assault on Congress, which led to Trump's impeachment trial on a charge of inciting insurrection. Seven Senate Republicans voted to convict the former president, joining all 50 Democrats in the upper chamber, but this ultimately fell short of the 67 senators needed for conviction.

"We need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened to make sure it never happens again", said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from SC. Among the issues a commission could probe are former President Donald Trump's role in inciting the riot and the delayed arrival of the National Guard once the violence had broken out.

Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana told ABC News there should be a "complete investigation" and Trump "should be held accountable". "His behaviour after the election was over the top", Graham said.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell criticises Mr Trump moments after acquitting him. McConnell had voted to acquit Trump, arguing impeachment was unconstitutional since he had left office.

After it was clear that Joe Biden won the November election, Trump continued to deny the results, claiming there was widespread voter fraud without any concrete evidence. She added: "But, listen, we didn't need more witnesses".

Dean also backed the idea of an impartial investigative commission "not guided by politics but filled with people who would stand up to the courage of their conviction". And on Sunday he was back on Fox News crowing about what could happen if the Republicans take back control of the House in 2022.

This was Trump's second impeachment trial, which had already gone through a similar process a year ago to pressure him on Ukraine. After Trump was acquitted on Saturday, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCC) circulated a petition to pressure Garland into investigating Trump.

Pelosi's letter also arrived as multiple congressional committees are in the process of scheduling hearings where they will question the heads of agencies involved in preparing for and responding to the attacks.

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