A bipartisan commission to investigate the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 may not be dead in the water, after all.
According to the Washington Examiner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced this week that she’s moving ahead to create a special committee to probe the breach of the Capitol, calling Jan. 6 “one of the darkest days in our nation’s history.”
Speaking with reporters at her weekly press conference Thursday, Pelosi added that it’s “imperative that we establish the truth of that day and ensure an attack of that kind cannot happen and we determine the root causes of it all.”
A transcript of the presser showed Pelosi went on to say that even six months later, “many questions” remain about what she called an “assault on our democracy, and the response to it.”
“It is imperative that we seek the truth as to what happened,” she reiterated. “To do that, we believe that a bipartisan Commission would be the best way to proceed in the spirit of patriotism and bipartisanship, and to establish an independent 9/11-type Commission.”
Asked by a journalist how the committee would be structured and when they might wrap up their report on the subject, Pelosi said: “Well, the timeline will be as long as it takes for them — the time they need to do the investigation of the causes of this.”
The California Democrat went on:
There are two actual paths. One is about the root causes of it: the white supremacy, the antisemitism, the Islamophobia — all the rest of it that was so evident, when you see a sweatshirt on one of the people saying “Camp Auschwitz.”
“The other is the security of the Capitol and what it means to be ready for such an insurrection,” Pelosi added, according to the transcript. “While I think we could have been better prepared, I don’t think anybody would have foreseen an insurrection incited by the President of the United States.”
It remains to be seen whether Republicans — namely, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — will move forward with naming members to the commission, which Pelosi has promised will be bipartisan.
As the Examiner notes, McCarthy and others in the GOP were opposed to the creation of a commission to probe the Jan. 6 unrest when it came up for a vote in Congress earlier this year.
Pelosi has charged that “Republicans are afraid of the truth.” But Republicans say they just want to move on from the past and focus on the future of the country.
For Pelosi, however, the future is a grim prospect. After all, she may just lose her speaker’s gavel come January 2023.