Two days after former President Donald Trump was acquitted in his second impeachment trial, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced plans to establish an independent commission to investigate the deadly January 6 riots.
A September 11 type commission will be established by both houses of the United States Congress. The lawmakers from both parties have emphasized the importance of the independent investigation. The commission will consist of members outside the government.
The commission will investigate the facts related to the January 6 insurgency, instigation by the former president, and any external involvement in the riots.
The Senate had acquitted the former President Trump of impeachment trial and allegations of inciting insurrection that led to the unrest on Capitol Hill. Five people were killed in the attack, including a Capitol police officer.
After various new findings during the second impeachment trial, it was deemed necessary to further investigate the facts provided by various independent sources.
Other members of the house are also in favor of the independent investigation.
Congress will establish an independent commission, similar to the one for September 11, 2001, to analyze the riots at the Capitol Hill.
Pelosi has claimed that the truth must be revealed to ensure the future security of the country, and for that reason independent investigation is necessary.
She further added that the House of Representatives will also allocate a fund to tighten security on Capitol Hill. She asked retired Army Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore to lead a review of the Capitol’s security processes.
He was already reviewing the security issues and was assigned the task to recommend that a similar event may not happen again.
The statement comes after Trump was acquitted in the impeachment trial for his alleged role in inciting violence at Capitol Hill.
Trump told his supporters to protest while his legal team argued that his comments are protected under the provisions of the First Amendment.