House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a “9/11-type commission” to investigate the deadly January 6 Capitol riot, CNN reports.
"To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission to 'investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex,'” Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats on Monday.
Both chambers of Congress would need to vote in favor of creating such a commission, which would include outside experts rather than lawmakers.
Pelosi previously told Democrats that it is "clear that we will need to establish a 9/11-type Commission to examine and report upon the facts, causes and security relating to the terrorist mob attack on January 6."
The 9/11 commission met for 15 months before issuing a 585-page report.
Review already underway:
The call for a commission comes after Pelosi tapped retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to review the "security infrastructure" of Capitol Hill in response to the attack.
"For the past few weeks, General Honoré has been assessing our security needs by reviewing what happened on January 6 and how we must ensure that it does not happen again," Pelosi wrote in Monday’s letter. "He has been working with Committees of Jurisdiction and will continue to make proposals. It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened.”
GOP backs investigation:
“We need a 9/11 Commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again,” Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News after voting to acquit Trump over his role in the riot.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, who voted to convict Trump, agreed that there needs to be a full investigation.
“Why was there not more law enforcement, National Guard already mobilized, what was known, who knew it, and when they knew it, all that, because that builds the basis so this never happens again in the future,” he told ABC News.