Congressional leaders consider draft legislation to form commission that would investigate Jan. 6 Capitol attack
By Felicia Sonmez and Mike DeBonis
Congressional leaders are considering draft legislation for a bipartisan commission that would investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, in the latest step toward the panel’s formation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for the commission earlier this month and said last week that it should have the power to subpoena witnesses.
According to a senior Democratic aide, a draft under discussion would call for each of the top four leaders on Capitol Hill to appoint two members to the panel. Biden would appoint three of the panel’s members, including its chair. The commission’s report would be due by the end of 2021, and the panel would be dissolved 60 days after it issues its report.
News of the draft legislation was first reported Monday by Punchbowl News.
Pelosi has said the Jan. 6 commission should be similar to the body that studied the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks for 15 months before issuing a 585-page report.