Pelosi Creates Committee to Investigate Jan. 6

In a stunning announcement Thursday, liberal Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of a House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol and the government’s response.

The event happened when a protest over allegations of election fraud got out of hand, and some protesters entered the Captiol. One person was fatally shot by police.

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“This morning, with great solemnity and sadness, I’m announcing that the House will be establishing a select committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection. Many questions regarding the circumstances of this assault on our democracy and the response to it remain,” Pelosi said at a press conference Thursday. “It is imperative that we seek the truth of what happened. It is clear Republicans are afraid of the truth.”

Pelosi has not said who will be on the commission. This committee will combine the efforts of other House committees that have already begun investigating.

A similar effort to create a commission failed in the Senate. Republicans warned the committee could be politicized and used to attack Republicans on baseless charges, similiar to the Mueller probe.

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“There are some of our members who I think obviously have an interest in seeing a commission go forward,” Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., told NPR. “Others who, I think, believe it will be counterproductive because of the work that’s already been done and that it could be weaponized politically and drug into next year.”

“The way that the bill is written right now, I would feel compelled to vote against it,” he said when the Senate was considering similar action.

Anna Morgan-Lloyd, the first protester who entered the Capitol that day, was sentenced this week to 36 months probation, 120 hours of community service. She was also fined $500 for damages to the Capitol.

Whether Republicans fears about the committee are proven true remains to be seen.

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