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Pelosi to appoint new panel to investigate Jan. 6 protests

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to create a new committee to investigate the Jan. 6 protests at the Capitol after the Senate Republicans blocked the formation of an independent panel.

Pelosi reportedly announced her decision during a meeting of the House's Steering and Policy Committee.

She told her fellow Democrats that the January 6 probe will be a "pursuit of truth" investigation, a source familiar with the matter said.

Pelosi, however, denied such a decision, adding that "somebody put out a false report."

Meanwhile, Palosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill later wrote on his tweeter, "Clarification on tonight's meeting of the Steering and Policy Committee. Speaker Pelosi told Members she plans to announce WHETHER she will create a select committee THIS WEEK. Her preference continues to be a bipartisan commission which Senate Republicans are blocking."

This denial comes as Pelosi had previously said that she would form a select committee if the Republicans do not change their demands for more seats.

Back in mid-February, Pelosi announced that Congress has decided to establish an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 events, similar to the one set up in the wake of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Later, she said that her recommendation for the panel is to be made up of seven Democratic senators and four Republican ones, which aroused the Republicans' harsh criticism, including the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who had previously stressed that the Republican voters will never accept the findings of a Democratic panel.

In response, the office of Nancy Pelosi accused the GOPers of playing politics and said that her proposal was only a “discussion draft.”

On January 6, then-US President Donald Trump incited his own supporters, including members of Proud Boys, to storm the US Capitol building, where lawmakers were in the process of confirming now-President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election.

The protest resulted in the death of at least five people, including a police officer who was guarding the Congress building.


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