House Democrats and Republicans have made a deal to establish a commission that will investigate the January 6 insurrection on the US Capitol, the House Committee on Homeland Security announced Friday.
The 10-person bipartisan commission will study the insurrection and “the influencing factors that may have provoked the attack on our democracy”, according to a committee press release. Members of the commission will be people with expertise in law enforcement, civil rights and liberties and cybersecurity. The commission will have the authority to subpoena information related to their investigation, though subpoenas would require bipartisan agreement.
“I am pleased that after many months of intensive discussion, Ranking Member Katko and I were able to reach a bipartisan agreement,” said homeland security chairman Bennie Thompson said in a statement. “The creation of this commission is our way of taking responsibility for protecting the US Capitol.”
Quick note that John Katko, the top Republican on the House’s homeland security committee, also nominated Elise Stefanik to replace Liz Cheney. He was also one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump.
The ultimate goal of the commission will be to issue a report by December 21 containing the definitive facts of the insurrection along with recommendations to prevent future attacks.