House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that the House would create a select committee to investigate the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol.
“This morning, with great solemnity and sadness, I’m announcing that the house will be establishing a select committee on the January 6 insurrection,” Pelosi said. “The select committee will investigate and report on the facts and the causes of the attack. It will report recommendations for the prevention of any future attack.”
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Last month, Senate Republicans blocked a floor debate to take up bipartisan legislation to establish an independent commission to investigate the insurrection. Six Republican Senators voted with Democrats but fell short of the 60 votes needed to proceed.
Pelosi signaled at that time she was likely to move forward with a select committee.
Republicans are accusing Democrats of investigating the attacks for political reasons.
“I’m sure it will be political because that’s the whole way that she’s handled it,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.
Pelosi said that she is not concerned with the select committee being dismissed as a political ploy.
“I don’t worry about that at all,” the House Speaker said. “I have no intention of walking away from our responsibility.”
The select committee will investigate the security at the Capitol that day and how White supremacy and anti-Semitism powered the attack.
“We were doing it in a timeframe that Republicans were comfortable with, but now another month has gone by, so we’ll just have to make the plan and see how long that takes,” Pelosi said.