An independent commission will be set up to investigate the attack on the Capitol, a Democratic party lawmaker said in a letter on Monday. The announcement comes in the wake of the second impeachment trial of Former President Donald trump, who was found not guilty of inciting an insurrection. Pelosi, who has been one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken critics, said that the commission will be modelled on the one formed to investigate the 9/11 attacks.
Conservatives, who believe that the Democrats are weaponizing the impeachment trial for political purposes, will not welcome the announcement. During the controversial trial, Trump lawyer Michael Van Der Veen called the proceedings a ‘politically motivated witch hunt’, and for many conservatives the new committee is only further evidence of this. Nancy Pelosi, for example, is not an impartial figure and has very political motivations. After Trump was acquitted she gave an emotional statement in which she called Republican senators ‘cowardly’ and remarked that they didn’t vote to convict the Former President because ‘maybe they can’t get another job’.
Whilst many conservatives will find the new commission frustrating, there are some who have been in favour of it, including South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. “I’d like to know, did the Capitol Hill police inform the House sergeant at arms and the Senate sergeant at arms the day before the attack that they needed more troops?” he asked in an interview on Fox News Sunday. Though he did not vote to convict Trump, he said that the Former President acted ‘over the top’ after the November 2020 election, and believes a commission investigating the attack should ‘find out what happens and make sure it never happens again’.
Prominent Democrat and failed Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, has been calling for a commission designed using the same format as the one which investigated the 9/11 attacks since last month. She said that she would like to know whether Trump was on the phone with Vladimir Putin whilst the riot was taking place. Clinton has had a long and complex history of making allegations of Trump collaborating with the Russian government, and it is unclear whether the allegation of Trump being on the phone to Putin has any substance to it.