House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared Monday the Congress will proceed to set up an independent commission to inquire into the Jan. 6 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol, very similar to the one setup in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
"Today, as always, safety is the order of the day: the safety of our nation, the safety of our Capitol that's the temple of our democracy, along with the safety of our allies," Pelosi said in a letter for her coworkers at the U.S. House of Representatives.
The occasions of Jan. 6 happened after then-President Donald Trump along with his allies held a rally before that afternoon in Washington, D.C., urging Congress to not reevaluate the outcome of the November presidential election, where Trump dropped to Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Trump pledged to"never concede" and encouraged his fans"to struggle," because he continued to push claims of election fraud.
Crowds of people then made their way into the Capitol steps, forcing through barricades, officers in riot gear and other safety measures which were set in place in expectation of their demonstration. An angry mob violated the Capitol building, forcing a lockdown with members of Congress and their employees holed up indoors. It required some time for law enforcement to clean the building and set a perimeter around the region. Five individuals, such as a police officer, expired during the rampage.
Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore has been made to analyze security on Capitol Hill after the insurrection.
"For the last couple of months, General Honore was analyzing our safety requirements by reviewing what occurred on January 6 and also the way we have to guarantee it doesn't occur again," Pelosi said in her letter. "He's been working with Committees of Jurisdiction and will continue to create suggestions."
"It's clear out of his findings and by the impeachment trial which we have to get to the fact of how this occurred," she continued. "To secure our safety, our safety, our safety, our next step is to establish an external, independent 9/11-type Agency to'research and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist assault upon the United States Capitol Complex... and regarding this interference with the peaceful transfer of electricity, such as causes and facts relating to the preparedness and reaction to the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement at the National Capitol Region.'"
The so-called 9/11 Commission has been convened by congressional legislation which has been signed into legislation by then-President George W. Bush in November 2002.
In interviews after Cassidy, House impeachment manager Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., stated they'd encourage the introduction of a 9/11 Commission-style independent inquiry to the Capitol siege.
In her letter, Pelosi said Congress should also allocate extra funds"to provide to the security of the safety of the Capitol."
"We'll be eternally thankful to the Capitol Police for their life threatening courage and heroism in procuring the Capitol and shielding allies," she explained.