“The one thing among our members that is consistent is—we must find the truth,” she told USA Today in an interview. Continuing that while she would favor the independent panel to carry out the investigation of why security failings occurred on Jan. 6, answers could likewise be found by the select committee.
“It’s always an option,” she stated. “It’s not my preference in any way. My preference would be to have a commission.” Though GOP members reject the speaker’s proposal on the structure of her 9/11-style commission because it provides more power to Democrats.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he is against the partisan environment of the speaker’s proposal.
“She cites the precedent of the 9/11 Commission, but her draft fails to track with that precedent in key ways. The 9/11 Commission was intentionally built to be bipartisan. The 50/50 bipartisan split of the commissioners was a key feature,” stated McConnell through a speech on Feb. 24.
McConnell said to gain the public’s confidence in the findings of the commission, it requires the same authority and representation as the two party’s members on the panel.
“This time however Speaker Pelosi started by proposing a commission that would be partisan by design—seven appointments for Democrats, just 4 for Republicans. The 9/11 Commission also built consensus by requiring bipartisan support for subpoenas. The speaker’s bill would vest subpoena power in one appointee chosen by the Democrats,” McConnell maintained.
He said there is consensus that an inquiry must be carried. “Everyone agrees that today’s events must occasion a serious and thorough review of the specific institutions and security procedures within Congress that proved so insufficient,” McConnell stated.
Pelosi’s office did not immediately return a request for comment on the structure of the commission.
The leaders of the 9/11 Commission, Republican Tom Kean and Democrat Lee Hamilton have both talked regarding the need for equal representation of the two parties on the Jan. 6 commission, to enable public confidence and support for the work the panel would do.
Democrat co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, Hamilton explained that the speaker’s proposal for the Jan. 6 commission, “sounds like a partisan beginning.”
Republican co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Tom Kean spoke to NPR on Feb. 19 about what can be done to examine the Capitol breach.
“So the question is, how are you going to find out what happened? And you set up a commission that has the confidence of the people,” Kean said through an interview with NPR.