Republicans blocked legislation to create a 9/11-style bipartisan commission
last month, the House of Representatives
voted Wednesday to form a select committee
to investigate the Capitol riot
on January 6
The measure was approved by a vote of 222 to 190, with only two Republicans voting
House Republican leaders opposed the select committee, claiming it would “pursue a partisan agenda to politicize the Jan. 6 attack
instead of conducting a good faith investigation
into the actions leading up to and security
failures on the 6th.” Of course, the bipartisan, independent commission Republicans voted against in May would have done exactly that.
As the vote was taking place Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) invited several members of Washington
's Metropolitan Police
Department and the United States Capitol Police
to sit in the House gallery. Metro Police Officer Michael Fanone
, who was among the officers injured while defending the Capitol, attended the vote, as did the wife
of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick
, who died as a result of his injuries.
“It is clear that the attack on January 6th was not simply an attack on a building, but an attack on our very Democracy
,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to her colleagues ahead of the vote. “We had hoped that Congress
would establish an independent, bipartisan 9/11-type Commission... but Mitch McConnell
Senators to ‘do him a personal favor’ and vote against the Commission.
According to the resolution establishing the select committee, Pelosi will appoint eight members, while the remaining five will be appointed “after consultation” with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(R-Calif.). McCarthy, along with dozens of other House Republicans
, voted to object to the electoral certification of Joe Biden
’s 2020 presidential victory, resulting in the violent storming of the U.
The select committee will be tasked with investigating "the facts
, circumstances, and causes relating to the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol," but, unlike the bipartisan commission, it will not be required to produce a report by the end of the year.
Reps. Liz Cheney
(R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger
(R-Ill.) voted in favor of the committee to investigate the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, and both are considered potential Republican members Pelosi may appoint to the panel.
Cheney's office said in a statement that a select committee was "now the only remaining option" after Senate Republicans blocked the establishment of an independent bipartisan commission earlier this year.
“The Committee should issue and enforce subpoenas as soon as possible, hire skilled counsel, and complete its work
thoroughly and expeditiously,” Cheney added.