WASHINGTON – Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement this Friday to create an independent commission to investigate the assault on the United States Capitol on January 6 by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) .
“It is imperative that we seek the truth of what happened on January 6 with an independent, bipartisan, 9/11-style commission to examine and report on the facts, causes and security of the terrorist mob attack,” he said. the Speaker of the Lower House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi.
The agreement was reached by lawmakers from both parties on the House National Security Committee.
Democratic Congressman Bennie G. Thompson and Republican John Katko will be in charge of presenting a legislative initiative to create the commission, which will have ten members, five elected by progressives and another five by conservatives.
The members of that body may not be government employees and must have “extensive experience in areas such as law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence and cybersecurity,” the note said.
Likewise, the commission will have the power to compel potential witnesses to testify, although to do so there must be a prior agreement between its president and vice president or the majority of votes of its members.
Its mission will be to write a report with its findings and recommendations by the end of this year.
The creation of this commission must be approved by Congress, where it is easier in the Lower House, but it will be more complicated in the Senate because of the narrow majority that Democrats have and because the leader of the Republican minority, Mitch McConnell, will has opposed its creation.
Conservatives have argued that this body should not only focus on the events of January 6, but also on the activities of the anarchist movement ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter (black lives matter) during the summer of 2020, when protests took place. in the face of police brutality against African Americans.
Democrats reject it because those groups did not violently stormed the Capitol and consider that the assault deserves a specific investigation.
Five people were killed, including a police officer, during the irruption of hundreds of Trump supporters into the headquarters of the United States Congress when a joint session of the two houses was held to ratify the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the November presidential elections. past.