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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Praises Announcement Of Bipartisan Plan For A Commission To Investigate the January 6th Attack On The Capitol

May 14, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to the news that Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) reached an agreement with Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY) to introduce legislation forming a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the United States Capitol and to recommend reforms to further secure it:

“I’m heartened by news that my colleagues from both parties have come together on this plan to form a commission to fully investigate the January 6th domestic terror attack on our Capitol, to address the events of the day and those leading up to it, and to recommend changes to prevent such an attack in the future,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “The storming of the Capitol was an attack on our democracy. It’s essential that we build as comprehensive an understanding of that tragedy as possible to ensure that it never happens again.”

The bipartisan legislation, the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act (H.R. 3233), will be introduced by Reps. Thompson and Katko today and is expected to come before the House for a vote next week. The 10-member Commission, which will have 5 members appointed by the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate and five commissioners, including the Vice Chair, appointed by the Minority Leaders of the House and Senate, will consist exclusively of individuals with significant expertise in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence, and cybersecurity. To help ensure its independence, the Commission will not include any current government officers or employees.

Following the legacy of the 9/11 Commission, the Commission investigating the January 6th attack will be granted the authority to issues subpoenas with the assent of Chair and Vice Chair or by a vote of the majority of its members, as it pursues its charge of studying the circumstances and facts surrounding the attack on the Capitol as well as factors influencing and provoking it. The Commission will issue its final report by December 31, 2021.

The legislation to establish the commission is available here and a summary of its components is available here