Congress Needs to Investigate Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) again said that a commission needs to be formed to investigate the Jan .6 Capitol incident.

“Today is the 100th day since the January 6th insurrection and assault on the Capitol and our Democracy,” Pelosi wrote in her letter on April 16. She added: “On this 100th day, we are determined to seek the truth of January 6th. To do so, we must have a January 6th Commission. To that end, we have once again sent a proposal for such a Commission to the Republicans, modeled after the 9/11 Commission.”

Congressional talks on the commission stalled when Republicans rejected her proposal to create a commission with more Democrats than Republicans.

A spokesperson for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told CBS News after Pelosi’s latest letter that “neither the Republican Leader nor his staff have been provided Speaker Pelosi’s latest proposal, but hopefully the Speaker has addressed our basic concerns of equal representation and subpoena authority.”

Pelosi, meanwhile, said that two Capitol Police officers had lying-in-honor ceremonies since Jan. 6. Officer Brian Sicknick died of undisclosed causes following the Capitol riot and Officer William “Billy” Evans was killed after a black man—who was an apparent Nation of Islam adherent—crashed his car into a security gate in an unrelated incident.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden leave after a ceremony for slain U.S. Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans at the Capitol in Washington, DC, U.S., April 13, 2021. (J. Scott Applewhite/Pool via Reuters)

“We will be proceeding with a security supplemental shortly, prepared by the Appropriations Committee and the Committee on House Administration to address the physical structure and personnel needs,” Pelosi said in arguing the need for a commission.

“Compromise has been necessary; now, we must agree on the scope, composition and resources necessary to seek and find the truth,” Pelosi said. “It is my hope that we can reach agreement very soon. At the same time, Committees in the House and Senate have been holding and planning hearings, which will be a resource to the Commission.”

Previously, Pelosi and other Democrats pushed for a panel that would be modeled after the panel that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City and Washington.

In February, Republicans objected to Pelosi’s proposal for the commission, which would create a panel of four Republicans and seven Democrats to “conduct an investigation of the relevant facts and circumstances relating to the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol.”

The Epoch Times has contacted Pelosi’s and McCarthy’s offices for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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