Pelosi Calls Again for Federal Commission ‘to Seek the Truth of January 6’

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 20, 2021 | 9:42am EDT
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) is calling again for a federal commission to be created to analyze and report on what happened at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

She initially called for such a commission in February. As reported by the Associated Press, Republicans opposed that proposal which would have established a commission of seven Democrats and four Republicans to “conduct an investigation of the relevant facts and circumstances relating to the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol.”

Pelosi made her latest call for a January 6 commission in a Dear Colleague letter she sent out to fellow Democrats on April 16, the 100th day since the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

“On this 100th day, we are determined to seek the truth of January 6th. To do so, we must have a January 6th Commission,” Pelosi said.

“To that end, we have once again sent a proposal for such a Commission to the Republicans, modeled after the 9/11 Commission,” she said.

“Compromise has been necessary; now, we must agree on the scope, composition and resources necessary to seek and find the truth,” Pelosi said.

“It is my hope that we can reach agreement very soon,” she said. “At the same time, Committees in the House and Senate have been holding and planning hearings, which will be a resource to the Commission.”

Here is the full text of Pelosi’s Dear Colleague letter in which she called for a commission on January 6:

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Today is the 100th day since the January 6th insurrection and assault on the Capitol and our Democracy.

During that time, we have had two lying-in-honor ceremonies for our courageous members of the U.S. Capitol Police Force: Officers Brian Sicknick and Billy Evans.  We have voted to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal to the Capitol Police and other law enforcement which protected the U.S. Capitol.  Let us always be thankful and prayerful to those who kept us safe.

During that time, there have been recommendations including those of law enforcement and national security experts presented by General Russel Honoré.  We will be proceeding with a security supplemental shortly, prepared by the Appropriations Committee and the Committee on House Administration to address the physical structure and personnel needs. 

On this 100th day, we are determined to seek the truth of January 6th.  To do so, we must have a January 6th Commission.  To that end, we have once again sent a proposal for such a Commission to the Republicans, modeled after the 9/11 Commission.

Compromise has been necessary; now, we must agree on the scope, composition and resources necessary to seek and find the truth.  It is my hope that we can reach agreement very soon.  At the same time, Committees in the House and Senate have been holding and planning hearings, which will be a resource to the Commission.

Thank you for your patriotism and strength as we confidently honor our oath of office to protect and defend our Constitution and our Democracy.

Sincerely,

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