Pelosi announces creation of select committee on January 6

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday the creation of a select committee to examine the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. She told House colleagues of her intention to do so earlier on Thursday morning.

“It is imperative that we establish the truth of that day, and ensure that an attack of that kind cannot happen and that we root out the causes of it all. The select committee will investigate and report on the facts and the causes of the attack and it will make report recommendations for the prevention of any future attack,” Pelosi said during her weekly press conference. She said that the investigation would take “two paths”: looking at the “root causes” of the attack, and the failures in security of the Capitol.

Pelosi waited to make a determination for several weeks because she would have preferred that the Senate take another vote on a bipartisan bill to create an independent 9/11-style commission. Senate Republicans blocked the bill in May, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has not called another vote on the measure.

“I asked, leading up to today: Is there a chance for it to pass? We gave it so much time. Not soon, not likely, maybe someday. In the meantime, I’m hopeful that that could still happen at some point,” Pelosi said.

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