WASHINGTON — Calling the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol “a day of darkness,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday announced she will create a select committee to investigate the attack.
“It is imperative we seek the truth about what happened,” Pelosi said. She decided to create the select committee “with great solemnity and sadness” because she preferred the bipartisan committee, she added.
The Capitol was stormed by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6, as members of Congress had gathered to count the Electoral College votes affirming Joe Biden’s election victory. The violence sent Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress, including Pelosi, into hiding.
“It would have been preferable to have an outside commission … but I had no (intention) of walking away from our responsibility,” Pelosi said, in what was likely a reference to the Senate failing to approve a Jan. 6 commission last month.
The bipartisan commission proposed to study the Capitol insurrection passed the House last month. But Senate Republicans blocked it.
“I do not believe the additional extraneous commission that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing,” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-K.Y.) said in May.
Congressional Democrats have accused Republicans of downplaying the events of Jan. 6. Republicans say Democrats are using the commission for political gain.
The panel will likely examine former President Donald Trump’s role in the events leading up to the Capitol siege. The House impeached Trump on Jan. 13, having charged him with inciting the insurrection; the Senate, then Republican-led, voted to acquit him.
This is a developing news story and will be updated.