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Pelosi launches new probe of Capitol attack, 500th defendant arrested

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday created a new House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, after Senate Republicans in May blocked an independent commission to probe the assault.

Some 500 people have now been arrested in the sweeping federal investigation into the violence, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

Speaking at a news conference, Pelosi, a Democrat, declined to spell out a timeline for the panel to investigate, saying it will be "as long as it takes". She gave no details of the make-up of the panel, but made clear both parties would be expected to name members, saying she hoped that House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will appoint "responsible people" to the panel.

Pelosi said it would have been preferable to have an outside commission, and that she had not totally given up on that idea. The House passed legislation to set up an independent bipartisan commission, but Senate Republicans blocked it, saying existing committee probes as well as prosecutors' investigations made it unnecessary.

"We see this as complementary, not instead of, and hopeful that there could be a commission at some point," Pelosi said.

In an assault that stunned America, hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a failed attempt to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden's presidential election victory. The violence left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

Trump has repeatedly falsely alleged that his electoral defeat was due to voter fraud, a claim dismissed by multiple courts, state election officials and his own administration's review.

"The Capitol of the United States has always been a glorious beacon of democracy for the American people and the world," Pelosi said.

Pelosi launches new probe of Capitol attack, 500th defendant arrested
 

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Jim Divers
Jim Divers Jun 25, 2021 9:35AM ET
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Please go back to CA nancy
Mad Money
Mad Money Jun 24, 2021 1:37PM ET
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Lock them up
Ivo Ferin
Ivo Ferin Jun 24, 2021 1:15PM ET
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Mind blowing to see that half of US population sides with trump when he cant even speak, bends the roles and constituition for him and his cronies opens the door to the russians and betrays all that the founding fathers stood up and believed. Yep US of A *****yeah
Billy Farns
Billy Farns Jun 24, 2021 12:45PM ET
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MSM does nothing but just regurgitate DNC talking points. There is zero journalism involved, just years of pushing out DNC talking points over and over and over again. The DNC actually sends these news agencies documents with press talking points, which is why you keep seeing stories like this pumped out and echoed verbatim in unison. Democrats in the House have been doing nothing but wasting time and taxpayers money being tyrants and misusing their power to attack political opponents. We get it...it is why Democrats lost around a half dozens seats in 2020. I guess they want to make sure that they lose in 2022, good riddance.
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EddieG Jun 24, 2021 12:45PM ET
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what's up with the benghazi??
Tom Lemon
Tom Lemon Jun 24, 2021 12:45PM ET
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lock trump up. we, the people, are tired of your fascist right wing coup attempt.
Bev Mcguffee
Bev Mcguffee Jun 24, 2021 12:32PM ET
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It it is time to listen to the people, and stop wasting our valuable time and money.  We want to concentrate on our present issues with positive outcomes for our future.  We do not want to stay in the past, where many bad things happened by both parties.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Jun 24, 2021 12:24PM ET
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Democrats need this to tell their base “we are going to get Trump” even though is all propaganda they will never prosecute Trump.
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A_Jaundiced_Eye Jun 24, 2021 12:16PM ET
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Normally, I'd be happy to see a headline with "Nancy Pelosi" and "probe" in the same sentence.
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do you moan when trump probes you?
 
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