US Congress to establish a commission to investigate Capitol insurrection

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More than a month after the attack that left five dead as pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and sought to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden's victory as president, the Capitol complex remains guarded by more than 5,000 National Guard troops and ringed with eight-foot fences rimmed with razor wire.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had already floated such a commission to colleagues before Trump's acquittal, with several prominent Democrats in the Senate renewing the push in the wake of the trial.

"For the past few weeks, General Honore has been assessing our security needs by reviewing what happened on January 6 and how we must ensure that it does not happen again", Pelosi said in her letter.

She also hoped that this Commission will look into peaceful transfer of power - something that Trump struggled with after his historic defeat in the United States election 2020.

Forty-three percent said Trump is not responsible for inciting violence while six percent said they believe he is responsible but should not face criminal charges. Chris Coons, D-Del., a Biden ally.

Cassidy was one of the seven Republicans who joined Democrats voting in favor of Trump's conviction.

"It has been widely reported and confirmed by multiple sources that when Chief [Steven] Sund requested the National Guard be activated ahead of the January 6th Joint Session of Congress, the response from the [sergeant at arms], acting on your behalf, was that the "optics" of having the National Guard on-site were not good and the intelligence didn't support the move", wrote top Republicans, including Rep. Jim Jordan of OH and Rep. Devin Nunes of California.

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"There's no question - none - that president Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day", McConnell told the chamber after the vote. They also railed against the Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, and others who they said were "trying to have it both ways" in finding the former president not guilty but criticizing him at the same time. Lindsey Graham of SC was among lawmakers in support, telling Fox News that "we need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again". But many Republicans voted to acquit the former president.

Democrats said they looked to the courts for possible civil and criminal charges against the former Republican president over the assault by his supporters on January 6, which left five people dead.

"His behavior after the election was exaggerated", Graham said.

Trump's lawyers countered that Trump's words were not meant to incite the violence and that impeachment was nothing but a "witch hunt" created to prevent him from serving in office again.

In a news conference earlier this month, Pelosi told reporters that House members would not serve on the commission and it would place an increased focus on diversity.

Capitol on January 6, which left five people dead.

"If you use this model, I don't know how Kamala Harris doesn't get impeached if the Republicans take over the House, because she actually bailed out rioters", Graham said, per the Chronicle.

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