U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday lawmakers will establish an outside, independent commission to review the “facts and causes” related to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.
Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers that the commission would be modeled on a similar one convened after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on New York and the Pentagon.
Pelosi said the panel will also look at the “facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other federal, state, and local law enforcement.
Last month, Pelosi announced that retired Lt. General Russel Honoré would lead a review of the “security infrastructure” of Capitol Hill in the wake of 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 her letter on Monday.
“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,” she said
The 9/11 Commission, formally known as The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, was a bipartisan-panel headed by former Republican New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean and former congressmen Lee Hamilton, R-Ind. It involved interviews with scores of witnesses, several public hearings and subpoenas during its nearly two years in existence.
Several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said Sunday they supported the creation of such a panel.