Ian Patrick, FISM News
In a letter to her Democratic colleagues on February 15th, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi laid out her plan for Congress to establish an independent commission to look into the recent Capitol Hill riots. She said that this is to be a “9/11-type commision,” referring to the independent body created to look into the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
The letter was written in celebration of President’s Day, as Pelosi praises the patriotism and courage of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. She likens the attributes of these past presidents to the impeachment managers who handled the second impeachment trial for President Donald Trump. The trial came to a close in the Senate on February 13th in a 57-43 vote.
Turning her attention to security, Pelosi acknowledged retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré and his assessment of the Capitol’s “security needs” by directly quoting his advice on what should be done. Pelosi wrote:
It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened. To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission to “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex… and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region.”
Pelosi also says that, given the events on January 6th, there is need for a “supplemental appropriation to provide for the safety of Members and the security of the Capitol.”