House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Said Thursday that a proposed commission to investigate the January 6 violation of the US Capitol should have subpoena power.
During her weekly press conference, Pelosi was asked whether the commission, supposedly inspired by the one established by President George W. Bush to examine the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, should be able to demand the testimony of reluctant witnesses. .
« You have to have subpoena power, » Pelosi responded, adding that there is « strong support in the country » for the Congressional effort to « find the truth » behind what she described as « domestic terrorism. »
Following a failed attempt to link President Donald Trump’s speech to the violence in the nation’s capital, Pelosi announced in her February 15 letter to lawmakers that there will be an « external and independent » commission to investigate the incident.
The commission, he said, “will investigate and report on the facts and causes” of the violation, the “interference with the peaceful transfer of power,” as well as the “preparation and response of the United States Capitol Police and other authorities. Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement in the National Capitol Region «.
However, there are concerns that the investigation is another partisan effort against Republicans. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois), a high-ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, told CNN on Wednesday that he had not yet heard from Pelosi or anyone in the Democratic leadership on the structure of the commission.
« If Chairperson Pelosi’s vision for a 9/11 Commission is to focus solely on Republicans, then she really isn’t interested in a 9/11-type commission, » Davis said.
Prior to Pelosi’s letter to her colleagues, four House Republicans sent a letter to the president, questioning her role in a request denied by Capitol Police for support of the National Guard before and during the Capitol building riots. .
« Five weeks have passed since the January 6 attack on the Capitol building, and many important questions about your responsibility for the security of the Capitol remain unanswered, » says the letter signed by Rep. Davis, Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) , James Comer (R-Tenn.) And Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). “As you know, the Speaker of the House is not only the leader of the majority party, but also has enormous institutional responsibilities. The Speaker is responsible for all operational decisions made within the Chamber.