House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Plans to form a House select committee to investigate the January 6 riot after Republicans blocked legislation to create a bipartisan panel.
Pelosi briefed the House Democratic Policy and Steering Committee on his thinking on Tuesday evening, stressing the importance of studying the attack, which left several dead and dozens injured.
Exactly when this will start remains unclear, a source told NBC News. There was initial confusion as to whether Pelosi was moving to form the committee or considering the possibility. Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff to the president, clarified his position in a Tweeter Tuesday night, saying Pelosi was planning to announce his decision this week.
“His preference continues to be a bipartisan committee that Senate Republicans block,” Hammill said.
Senate Republicans blocked legislation passed by the House in May that would have established a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack. Fifty-four senators voted for and 35 against, below the 60 votes needed to proceed.
The bill passed the House in late May by a 252-175 vote, with 35 Republicans in favor. It was negotiated by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., And Rep. John Katko, RN.Y., the leading Democratic and Republican members of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Democrats have called for an investigation while Republicans argued it would be a political process that could potentially damage them in the midterm election and would provide no new insights beyond existing departmental investigations. Justice and the FBI.
Pelosi, however, told his conference earlier this month that forming a select committee was one of the options on the table after Republicans blocked the legislation.
Democrats have raised concerns that Republicans may stack a select committee with allies of former President Donald Trump, such as GOP Reps Jim Jordan from Ohio or Matt Gaetz from Florida.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., also signaled earlier this month that he would use his power to “force the Senate to vote again on the bill at the appropriate time.”