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Facing her own questions, Pelosi proposes 9/11-like commission to probe Capitol riot

"We must get to the truth of how this happened," House Speaker says in President's Day statement.

Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi waits during votes in the first session of the 117th Congress, Jan. 3, 2021
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Updated: February 15, 2021 - 11:31pm

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, facing growing questions about what she knew about security vulnerabilities before Jan. 6, is asking Congress to establish a 9/11-like commission to investigate the Capitol riot and the security lapses it exposed.

"We must get to the truth of how this happened," Pelosi said in a statement issued Monday. "To protect 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."

In a letter to House Democrats, Pelosi dislcosed she is also recommending a supplemental spending bill to boost security at the Capitol based on an initial review conducted by retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré.

"As we prepare for the Commission, it is also clear from General Honoré's interim reporting that we must put forth a supplemental appropriation to provide for the safety of Members and the security of the Capitol," she added.