House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), along with many of her colleagues, was displeased when Republicans managed to block an effort to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
According to the Washington Examiner, for weeks there existed rumors that Pelosi would go around the GOP and form a select House committee to carry out such an investigation, and this week, it was revealed that the Speaker will be announcing her decision whether or not to go that route.
Pelosi reportedly discussed the possibility of creating the select committee a meeting of the House Steering and Policy Committee on Tuesday, though that information was apparently interpreted incorrectly by both members of her party and many in the mainstream media as a result.
Reports initially emerged that Pelosi had made the decision to move forward with the creation of the special investigative committee, which immediately drew attention for obvious reasons.
However, the erroneous reporting was quickly cleared up by Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, in a Tuesday evening tweet. He added that Pelosi still “prefers” a bipartisan approach to the investigation.
Clarification on tonight’s meeting of the Steering and Policy Committee. Speaker Pelosi told Members she plans to announce WHETHER she will create a select committee THIS WEEK. Her preference continues to be a bipartisan commission which Senate Republicans are blocking.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) June 22, 2021
According to The Hill, the mixed messaging originated from a “Democratic source” who told reporters that Pelosi had already decided to form the select committee during the meeting earlier in the day.
Why another investigation?
Republicans have long argued that not only is it time to move on from the tragic events that took place on Jan. 6, but also claim that the matter has been thoroughly investigated by the Senate, as a bipartisan Senate investigation resulted in a 100-page report that contained no less than 20 recommendations to prevent such a tragedy from happening again, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Democrats didn’t seem to take that into consideration as they attempted to form a commission to investigate, once again, the events that led up to and events that transpired on that day, though the effort was blocked in both the House and the Senate by Republicans in opposition.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggested last month prior to blocking the effort that he believes such a commission was only recommended by Democrats as a political weapon.
“I do not believe the additional extraneous commission that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing. Frankly I do not believe it is even designed to do that,” McConnell said at the time, according to Politico.
The Washington Examiner noted that even after the denial from Pelosi’s office with regard to the formation of a select House committee, a CNN anchor reportedly learned from a Democratic “source” that Pelosi will proceed with the formation of such a committee.