Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Thursday that she will create a House select committee to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The creation of a single Democratic-controlled special committee, which will consolidate several House investigations, comes after Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have established a bipartisan 9/11-style commission.
- While Republicans would have had equal control over the blocked 9/11-style investigative commission, it’s unlikely they will have the same leverage over the House select committee investigation.
- Republicans who opposed the bipartisan commission argued that it would be “extraneous” in light of the sweeping criminal investigation being carried out by the Justice Department.
Democrats have argued the commission is urgently needed to investigate one of the darkest days in U.S. history, while many Republicans fear an investigation could be used to damage them politically before the 2022 midterms.
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