To investigate the storming of the Capitol, weeks after Republicans prevented a bipartisan investigation in the Senate, modeled after the commission set up after the September 11 attacks.
“This morning it is with great sadness and reverence that I announce that the House of Representatives will form a select committee on the January 6 insurrection,” Pelosi told reporters.
Pelosi described the attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump as a “dark day” for a nation calling for a thorough investigation.
“It is necessary to establish the truth of what happened that day, and to ensure that such an attack is not repeated” in the future, she said.
Pelosi also sharply criticized the “cowardly” Republicans who, as she described it, acquiesced in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s request that they vote against the creation of a broader bipartisan committee a month ago.
Six Republicans at the time voted alongside Democrats in favor of forming the committee, but the bill still needed four additional votes to pass.
The vote of the rest of the Republicans against the establishment of the committee came to show loyalty to Trump, and on the other hand, for fear that what it will conclude will affect the mid-term elections in 2022.
Pelosi ruled out any concerns about the Americans’ rejection of the findings of the commission, given that they are not entirely bipartisan.
A Democrat is scheduled to head the House select committee, but the House speaker said she hoped the Republican minority leader would nominate “people of responsibility” in it.
Few details of the commission were revealed, but it is expected that it will have the power to issue summons.
As for when the commission will begin its work and submit its final report, Pelosi stressed the need for a comprehensive investigation, not just quick results.
“The time frame will be: as much time as we need,” she said.