Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) introduced legislation on Monday to form a select committee
to investigate the Jan. 6 attack
on the United States Capitol
“January 6th was one of the darkest days in our country’s history
, and it is critical that we establish the truth of that day and ensure such an attack cannot happen again,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The Select Committee will investigate and report on the facts
and causes of the attack, as well as recommendations for preventing any future assault
The committee, which will have subpoena power, will have 13 members: Pelosi will name eight of them, and the other five will be chosen after consultation with GOP
leadership. The speaker is considering naming a House Republican as one of her selections, but it is unclear who she will name. It is also unclear who will chair the committee, a role also chosen by Pelosi.
The resolution will be heard by the House Rules Committee on Monday night before being sent to the full chamber for a vote, which is expected to take place on Wednesday.
comes nearly six months after a mob of Donald Trump supporters
stormed the halls of Congress
in an attempt to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College
vote in the 2020 election
. Democrat Joe Biden
won both the Electoral College and the popular vote, but Trump inflamed his supporters with lies
about widespread voter fraud
Trump was impeached a second time for inciting the insurgency, but he was acquitted by a Senate
vote of 57-43, falling short of a two-thirds majority.
Following Senate Republicans
’ effort last month to block legislation to create a 9/11-style bipartisan commission
to investigate the insurgency, Pelosi said last week she would pursue the select committee with “great solemnity and sadness.” While initially supportive of a probe that crossed party lines, the GOP has largely worked to move past the insurgency of Jan. 6.
Pelosi specifically targeted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) for filibustering the legislation, but she vowed that her party would not ignore the unprecedented attack.
“Senate Republicans did Mitch McConnell a ‘personal favor’ rather than their patriotic duty when they voted against the bipartisan commission negotiated by Democrats
and Republicans,” she said, adding that “Democrats are determined to find the truth.”