Even though the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is over, Democrats are showing no signs of moving on from the narrative that Trump incited an insurrection.
Now, it appears that congressional Democrats, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), are going to try to establish a “9/11 type commission” to investigate the riot that occurred at the Capitol on January 6th.
“To protect our security”
Pelosi announced on Monday that Congress will look to establish such a commission.
“Now, as always, security is the order of the day: the security of our country, the security of our Capitol which is the temple of our democracy, and the security of our Members,” Pelosi wrote in a letter that she wrote to House Democrats.
The House Speaker continued by arguing that the findings of Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, who, following the riot, wrote a report on Capitol security, demonstrate that a “9/11-type commission” is needed to investigate what happened.
It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened. To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission to ‘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.
Stopping “would-be Trump tyrants”
It appears that Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) will be one of those members of congress who will be leading the way in establishing this commission.
“We need to reverse the rising tide of extremist violence in this country,” Blumenthal said during an appearance Monday on MSNBC. “The mob that Donald Trump mobilized was armed. The Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police recovered firearms on that day. That mob is still out there and still dangerous, and part of the reason that I believe we need a 9/11 commission, that type of commission.”
Accordingly, Blumenthal said that “I am drafting a bill, that I hope will be bipartisan, to uncover the causes and impose accountability, and provide more protection against that kind of a mob, that violent extremism.”
There’s a need for more truth-telling. There’s a need for more facts. That’s why a 9/11 type commission will be important to uncover the larger causes, the individuals who should be held had accountable, and as you have said, an unsuccessful coup attempt without accountably is a dress rehearsal. The would-be Trump tyrants waiting to mobilize that mob again must be stopped.
The 9/11 Commission . . .
. . . was established in 2002 “to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11  terrorist attacks.”
It is unlikely that anybody would be against establishing such a commission to investigate the January 6th riot, so long as it really does seek to get to the bottom of what happened, which we still don’t really know. The concern, though, is that this is just another attempt by the Democrats to use the government to go after their political opponents.