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February 26, 2021

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, McConnell noted Pelosi's proposal was criticized by the leaders of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission it was supposedly modeled after because it would feature seven members appointed by Democrats and four appointed by Republicans.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., accused Republicans on Thursday of watering down her proposal to form an outside commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol by challenging the scope of the probe - the latest indication that efforts to launch an independent inquiry could be delayed by partisanship.

"An inquiry with a hardwired partisan slant would never be legitimate in the eyes of the American people", McConnell said. "An undertaking that is uneven or unjust would not help our country".

The proposal reportedly would have also given Democrats a 7-4 majority on the panel.

The commission, according to Pelosi, would "investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex. and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region".

"If Congress is going to attempt some broader analysis of toxic political violence across this country", McConnell said, "then in that case, we can not have artificial cherry-picking of which awful behavior does and does not deserve scrutiny".

In a Monday letter to the speaker, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said the proposal shouldn't predetermine the commission's conclusions related to the riot, the aide said.

"If this new commission is to go beyond a targeted, after-action analysis of the security failures here at the Capitol complex, if Congress is going to attempt some broader analysis of toxic political violence across the country, then in that case, we can not have artificial cherry-picking of which bad behavior does and which awful behavior does not deserve scrutiny", McConnell said.

"That does not sound to me like a good start". "The 9/11 Commission was intentionally built to be bipartisan".

The negotiations to create the commission are ongoing.

A commission would be one of many various steps lawmakers are taking to investigate the events that led to the breach of the Capitol.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, announced there will be a second hearing next week with representatives from the FBI, Homeland Security and the Defense Department to "figure out what went wrong on their end in terms of giving the chiefs at the Capitol the information".

"We had always planned to focus first on the agencies that were directly in charge the day of the attack, hear what they had to tell us and then follow through with these other agencies", she told NPR's Noel King Wednesday. "If you don't have your objective, as to what the goal of this is, then the rest of it is not the important part of the conversation", she said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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