House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced Thursday that she will form a select committee to investigate the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
The commission is expected to be a largely Democrat-driven endeavor. A bill to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 riot failed last month after Republicans argued that further investigation is unnecessary in light of the FBI’s crackdown on rioters — a crackdown that has, so far, netted more than 400 individuals now charged with crimes ranging from trespass to conspiracy. Republicans also believed the commission would only serve as a political cudgel for Democrats to wield against the GOP and Trump supporters.
The committee will “investigate and report on the facts and the causes of the attack and it will report recommendations for the prevention of any future attack,” Pelosi said at a Thursday press conference, according to Axios.
“The timetable will be as long as it takes,” Pelosi said.