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Proposed bipartisan probe of deadly U.S. Capitol attack wins support

PoliticsMay 14, 2021 04:30PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Security fences, erected following the January 6th attack, are seen surrounding the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. March 24, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

By Susan Heavey and Makini Brice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A key Democrat and Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives reached a deal to form a bipartisan commission to investigate the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump's supporters, the lawmakers said on Friday.

Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Republican ranking member John Katko said they would introduce legislation as soon as next week to set up the investigative panel modeled after the one used to probe the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"There has been a growing consensus that the January 6th attack is of a complexity and national significance that ... we need an independent commission to investigate," Thompson said in a statement. "Inaction – or just moving on – is simply not an option."

Katko said the Capitol remained a target for extremists. "This is about facts, not partisan politics," he said.

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden's presidential election victory. The violence left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican leader, said he had not signed off on the lawmakers' deal and said the commission should look at events that came before and after Jan. 6, including an unrelated incident in April when a motorist rammed a car into a pair of Capitol Police officers, killing one.

For months, negotiations over the size and scope of the commission stalled amid disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over the number of commissioners each party would name and whether minority Republicans would have subpoena power.

Republicans also had been arguing for the commission to investigate last summer's protests in the wake of George Floyd's murder in Minneapolis.

The Jan. 6 riot followed a fiery speech in which then-President Trump falsely alleged that his election defeat was the result of widespread voter fraud, a claim that has been dismissed by multiple courts, state election officials and his own administration's review.

Following the riot, multiple Republicans condemned Trump's words. But out of office, he has doubled down on his false claims of fraud, which multiple Republican-controlled state legislatures have cited as a justification for passing new voting restrictions.

The House Republican caucus this week stripped Representative Liz Cheney of her party leadership role because she loudly rejected Trump's "big lie."

Some congressional Republicans have downplayed the violence that led to Trump's second impeachment trial on a charge of inciting insurrection.

Andrew Clyde, a lawmaker from Georgia, said on Wednesday that calling the incident an insurrection was a "bold-faced lie."

More than 400 people have been arrested for taking part in the riot.

Like the Sept. 11 panel, the proposed 10-member panel would have five commissioners appointed by each party as well as subpoena authority. Its report and recommendations to prevent future attacks would be due by Dec. 31.

Both the House and the Senate would have to approve the bill that sets up the commission, which would then go to Biden to sign into law.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy said he was committed to moving a bill that addressed Capitol security vulnerabilities and other needs.

Separately, House Democrats introduced a bill that would allocate $1.9 billion to respond to the insurrection.

The funding would reimburse law enforcement agencies for their response and presence at the U.S. Capitol, provide support for Capitol Police and improve security there, among other measures, according to a statement by Democrats Rosa DeLauro and Tim Ryan.

Proposed bipartisan probe of deadly U.S. Capitol attack wins support
 

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Investing Man
Investing Man May 17, 2021 2:18AM ET
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The problem with fighting against the online activities that cause this is you arent arguing with just republican extremists, you are arguing against the russians, chinese, north koreans, isis, and others who pose as citizens and egg them on.
Siddhartha Debgupta
Siddhartha Debgupta May 15, 2021 8:12PM ET
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The problem with the Republican Party is that there are too many rinos.
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone May 15, 2021 1:24AM ET
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Yes! Release ALL video that the Biden DOJ doesn't want to. Why? Because it shows nothing more than some people aimlessly wandering around, and nothing more.
james marshall
james marshall May 14, 2021 3:41PM ET
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I doubt the Dems go after BLMAntifa, who we all know are the real culprits.
helen tru
helen tru May 14, 2021 3:41PM ET
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So you're for Facism....
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Me comment May 14, 2021 3:41PM ET
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You don't know Jack. The real problem is trump and the racist radicals known as the republican party that follow him.
igor bogdanoff
igor bogdanoff May 14, 2021 3:41PM ET
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Me comment "My primary color party is perfect and your primary color party is the problem" Nice to see both sides of the political spectrum are fully polarized, unwilling to compromise and think their faeces doesn't stink.
Mark Stallone
Mark Stallone May 14, 2021 3:41PM ET
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No.. that's Democrat thing.
Rick Baier
Rick Baier May 14, 2021 3:20PM ET
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Meanwhile the storming of our southern borders continues. What a farce
Kenneth nelson
grasshopper May 14, 2021 1:21PM ET
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Sniffer and his crew are so afraid of flags and Trump hats
danny Levine
danny Levine May 14, 2021 10:52AM ET
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it is not an "attack"!
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins May 14, 2021 10:52AM ET
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You are a sad and horrible person. I bet you attack parents after their kids are shot in school.
Scot House
Scot House May 14, 2021 10:52AM ET
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Chris Cummins not as sad as your P *****
igor bogdanoff
igor bogdanoff May 14, 2021 10:52AM ET
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Chris Cummins Most school shootings are mental health related.  Taking away guns won't fix the fact that North American schools are horrible environments for most students. and that many of them feel trapped and hopeless.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 14, 2021 10:26AM ET
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Quit wasting our money.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins May 14, 2021 10:26AM ET
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True, we all know what happened and who caused it. Just arrest the orange menace and be done with it!
igor bogdanoff
igor bogdanoff May 14, 2021 10:26AM ET
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Chris Cummins Do you even come here to talk about investing?  You come to an investing website but all of your posts are towing the mainstream media line with no compromise.  Surely you don't come here for news.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 14, 2021 10:21AM ET
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Gave they solved the six months if attacks ladt year by leftists?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 14, 2021 10:21AM ET
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"Gave they solved the six months if attacks ladt year by leftists?"  --  unfortunately most of us don't speak MAGAnese, so can someone translate that into English?
igor bogdanoff
igor bogdanoff May 14, 2021 10:21AM ET
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Tre Hsi Not partisan but typically if you have to attack your enemies grammar, speech or education - you're fighting a losing battle.  Plus, it's not exactly woke of you to pick on the lesser educated.
 
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