After Republicans blocked an initial measure from Nancy Pelosi to establish a House-led commission, controlled by Democrats, to investigate the Jan 6 Capitol protests, the House Speaker revealed that her party will seek to further control a investigatory commission without much Republican influence.
And despite Pelosi’s claim that she may elect a Republican to sit on the committee, Democrats would still wield the majority of the power in the decision making process in regards to subpoena power and indictments.
"It has been nearly six months since the Capitol insurrection, and today, the most significant move forward in launching an investigation to unearth the events of January 6th. Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing the formation of a select committee to investigate" – @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/E48gXq7lLp
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) June 24, 2021
Read the full text of the bill here:
Members of the committee will be tasked with reporting on the “facts, circumstances, and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex,” including “facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies in the National Capital Region and other instrumentalities of government, as well as the influencing factors that fomented such an attack on American representative democracy while engaged in a constitutional process.”
The Republican minority present in the committee will have little to no say over indictments and subpoena power handed down the by the Democrat majority.
The House is expected to vote on the resolution on Wednesday.
Senate Republicans last month blocked a bill that would require bipartisanship in any commission established to investigate the Jan 6 protests, Nancy is hoping to strip any GOP influence.
here’s the bill that the Senate blocked last week:
That commission bill would have created a body with even-partisan appointments, with input from Senate leaders. It also would have required bipartisan consensus on the issuance of subpoenas and mandated the commission complete a final report by Dec. 31, 2021, which would be before the 2022 campaign season gets into full swing.
Unlike the former Jan 6 committee bill, Pelosi’ new legislation will require no end date to the investigation.
Pelosi is only considering the most prominent Anti-Trump Republicans to join the Jan 6 committee, most notably Sen Liz Cheney, who House Republicans just ousted from her No 3. leadership role. Cheney agreed to be a member of the committee, saying her role was “up to the House Speaker.”
Truly something a RINO would say.
Author: Nolan Sheridan