Nancy Pelosi to Create Capitol Riot Committee: 'It's Imperative That We Establish Truth'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that she will create a committee to investigate the deadly January 6 Capitol riot, stating that "it is imperative now that we establish the truth."

"This morning, with great solemnity and sadness, I'm announcing that the House will be establishing a select committee on the January 6 insurrection," Pelosi said during a press conference. "Again, January 6 was one of the darkest days in our nation's history...It is imperative now that we establish the truth of that day and ensure that an attack of that kind cannot happen."

She continued: "The select committee will investigate and report on the facts and the causes of the attack and it will report recommendations for the prevention of any future attack."

On January 6, supporters of former President Donald Trump breached the Capitol building in protest of Congress certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. The insurrection left five people dead, while over 400 have been arrested in connection with the riot.

Pelosi's announcement comes roughly a month after Senate Republicans blocked a bill establishing a bipartisan independent commission to investigate the riot. The legislation received the support of six Senate Republicans but failed to pass as it came short of the 60-vote threshold needed.

Shortly after the bill failed to pass, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized Republicans, saying: "Out of fear or fealty to Donald Trump, the Republican minority just prevented the American people from getting the full truth about January 6."

Schumer continued: "Senate Republicans chose to defend the 'big lie' because they believe anything that might upset Donald Trump could hurt them politically... Shame on the Republican Party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they're afraid of Donald Trump."

On the other hand, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the effort by Democrats to pass the bill forming a bipartisan commission, remarking: "I think this is a purely political exercise that adds nothing to the sum total of information."

"[Democrats] would to continue to litigate the former president into the future. We think the American people going forward, and in the fall of 2022, ought to focus on what this administration is doing to the country and what the clear choice is that we have made to oppose most of these initiatives," McConnell said.

The commission announced by Pelosi on Thursday is slightly different than the one that failed to pass in the Senate, as it will be controlled by Democrats, who have the majority.

According to the House of Representatives Office of the Historian: "Select committees are created by a resolution to conduct investigations or consider measures, usually on a specific topic, and are not renewed on a permanent basis."

Newsweek reached out to Pelosi's office for further comment.

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U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks to reporters after a bipartisan group of Senators and White House officials came to an agreement over the Biden administrations proposed infrastructure plan at the U.S. Capitol on June 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum/Getty