Biden Administration Backs Commission to Probe US Capitol Riot


While federal investigators have identified more than 200 suspects in their hunt for participants in the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol that killed five people and temporarily dispersed Congress, lawmakers recently failed to convict then-US President Donald Trump of charges that he incited the riot.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a press conference Tuesday that President Joe Biden would “certainly support” the establishment of a commission to probe the 6 January riot at the US Capitol.

The formation of an independent commission to “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the storming of the United States Capitol Complex,” was announced on Monday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). 

The 9/11 Commission, to which this new body has been likened, was a ten-member board created by Congress in November 2002 to conduct an independent and far-reaching investigation of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center towers in New York, damaged the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and sent an airliner crashing into a Pennsylvania field, together killing more than 3,000 people.

The commission had five Democrats and five Republicans, none of whom were sitting members of Congress, and its two-year project included testimony by many past and present leading government officials.

The uprising by Trump’s followers immediately followed a “Stop…

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