Pelosi announces ‘independent 9/11-style commission’ to probe Capitol riots, as GOP questions HER role

Just when you thought the unsuccessful effort to remove former President Donald Trump from an office he no longer held signaled a merciful end to the Democratic Party’s political theater, Speaker Nancy Pelosi strikes again.

In a move that will drag out into perpetuity the party’s efforts to capitalize on last month’s assault on the U.S. Capitol, the California Democrat announced the House form an “independent 9/11-type commission” to investigate the incident — as if the Justice Department can’t manage such a task.

Pelosi continues to wield the tragic incident like a club to beat the Republican Party over the head, and perhaps more importantly, bring further damage to the image of Donald Trump. It would seem Democrats’ greatest fear is that Trump may run again in 2024, as the motivation behind their failed impeachment was widely believed to be to bar the former president from seeking office a second time.

“It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened,” Pelosi said in a letter to her Democratic colleagues.

Describing the storming of the Capitol as a “domestic terrorist attack,” the speaker billed it as “interference with the peaceful transfer of power.”

“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… and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region,” the letter said.

With Trump being acquitted in the Senate over the weekend, it’s interesting that the Democrats’ catchphrase “insurrection” was not utilized in the statement.

Speaker Pelosi also called for more funding to bolster security for members.

“As we prepare for the Commission, it is also clear from General Honoré’s interim reporting that we must put forth a supplemental appropriation to provide for the safety of Members and the security of the Capitol,” she said in the release.

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré was tasked with leading a review of Capitol security last month by Pelosi.

In the Presidents Day letter, the speaker expressed gratitude to the Capitol Police “for their life-saving courage and heroism in securing the Capitol and protecting Members,” as she wrapped the partisan endeavor in the embrace America’s greatest presidents.

“As we go forward, we must be worthy of the courage and wisdom of the patriarch of our country, George Washington, and of the savior of our country, Abraham Lincoln,” Pelosi concluded.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., laid the groundwork for the announcement Sunday during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” tying it all back to Trump.

“There’s still more evidence that the American people need and deserve to hear,” the senator said. “The 9/11 Commission is a way to make sure that we secure the Capitol going forward, and that we lay bare the record of just how responsible and how abjectly and violating of his constitutional oath President Trump really was.”

Pelosi’s letter to fellow Democrats followed a letter four House Republicans sent the speaker earlier in the day stating that the American people “deserve answers to a few straightforward questions regarding the security of the Capitol on January 6th.”

Signed by Reps. Rodney Davis, Jim Jordan, James Comer, and Devin Nunes, all ranking members of their respective House committees, the letter questions Pelosi’s role in any delay of deploying the National Guard troops ahead of the attack.

“Five weeks have passed since the January 6th attack on the Capitol building, and many important questions about your responsibility for the security of the Capitol remain unanswered,” the letter reads.

Five key questions being asked are seen here:

• When then-Chief Sund made a request for national guard support on January 4th, why was that request denied?
• Did Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving get permission or instruction from your staff on January 4th prior to denying Chief Sund’s request for the national guard?
• What conversations and what guidance did you and your staff give the Sergeant at Arms leading up to January 6th specific to the security posture of the campus?
• What conversations did you have during the attack on the Capitol and what response did you give security officials on January 6th when Chief Sund requested National Guard support that required your approval?
• Why are your House Officers refusing to comply with preservation and production requests to turn over request materials relevant to the events of January 6th?

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