Coalition Letter to Pelosi Outlines Critical Next Steps for Select Committee on Jan. 6 Investigation

As reports today confirm a select committee, groups urge House Speaker to reserve the authority to exclude Members who undermine the investigation

Today, several government accountability organizations called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to consider meaningful recommendations that will advance a House select committee’s inquiry into the January 6 attack of the U.S. Capitol. The groups applauded Pelosi’s leadership and her ongoing commitment to investigating the attack following the Senate’s inability to secure the votes necessary to break a filibuster on legislation that would establish an independent national commission.

The letter expressed continued support for the creation of an independent commission as the best response to investigate the attack. However, because of the Senate block, the groups encouraged Pelosi to secure sufficient financial and staffing resources for a select committee that is proportionate to the investigation’s scope.

The groups also called for the investigative staff to consist of a diverse group of experts from fields relevant to examining the activities that led up to the attack. Acknowledging the faction of lawmakers that are dedicated to undermining the investigation, the coalition urged Pelosi to mitigate their involvement by reserving the authority to exclude them and limit the size of the select committee’s membership.

According to the letter:

“[The] recommendations are in service of a complete chronicling of January 6 and its causes, which we believe are essential to preventing similar attacks in future. We are confident that a House inquiry, properly equipped, can make essential progress towards the fact-finding and truth-telling necessary to strengthen our democratic institutions. While we wholeheartedly support the establishment of a national commission with the stature, expertise, resources, and time to meet that imperative, we hope the House will step into the breach in a way that achieves many of the virtues a national commission would have provided.”

The insurrection on the Capitol was a direct attack on our democracy and a serious threat to our nation. The public deserves a thorough investigation into what happened to prevent a recurrence, and the advocacy groups are committed to the success of the select committee’s inquiry.

The following organizations signed the letter: American Oversight, Protect Democracy, Common Cause, Open The Government, Public Citizen, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Project On Government Oversight (POGO), National Security Archive, Human Rights First, The Digital Democracy Project, Accountable.US, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), and Government Accountability Project.

Read the letter here.

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