A ‘9/11 Commission’ for the Capitol Riot?
Former President Donald Trump was acquitted on Saturday after most Senate Republicans, inciting rebellion It was decided to convict. But not everyone is ready to turn the page on the riot in the Capitol on page 6 yet.
There is increasing support for the creation of a commission to investigate violent attacks in Washington and the events leading up to it.
Any such investigation – which will be the same Federal commission Was established after September 11, 2001 – Trump’s role in inciting the attack would almost certainly get his attention. But it will also look more broadly at administrative failures by federal and local law enforcement agencies, as well as House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms.
Chairman Nancy Pelosi Wrote letters to his colleagues Yesterday, saying that the House would consider legislation to create a commission. And President Biden’s press secretary, Jane Psyche, Where today He would “support” creating such a unit, although he said it was ultimately the prerogative of Congress.
“He supported efforts to shed extra light on the facts, to ensure something like this never happens again,” Saki said.
Representative Catherine Clarke, Assistant Speaker of the House, Told polico Today she hopes to see “bipartisan support” for the commission. “Americans understand what is at stake here, and this is the next step to get to the truth and accountability,” she said.
Is Clarke right that there will be a bipartisan interest in the federal investigation? It is possible. Thirty-three of the Senate’s 50 Republicans voted to acquit Trump on Saturday – with Democrats denying a two-thirds majority saying they needed to convict him – but had mixed feelings, even That even among those who voted against voting him.
In a vigorous speech on the Senate floor, soon after the vote to acquit Trump, Republican leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, sharply condemned the former president. He said that “there is no question – none – that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for instigating the events” January 6.
Like many Senate Republicans, McConnell would be happy if Trump never regained his place in the Republican Party’s elite – but with most of the GOP’s voters ongoing support The former president would require some high-wire political acrobatics to purge Trump without stripping the party’s base.
And Tuesday afternoon, Trump Made a horrific attack on McConnellIssuing a lengthy statement full of insults – at one point, he called the minority leader a “dull, monotonous and deceptive political hack” – which urged Senate Republicans to find a new leader.
For McConnell and the other Republicans who moved to Trump, a commission to investigate the riot could be a broad and illegal way to roll the ball over a process, resulting in Trump’s role in the events of January 6 There may be an official count.
Senator Lindsey Graham, Trump’s longtime defender, voted on Saturday to acquit him, the next day on Fox News that he would support the congressional investigation. “We need the 9/11 Commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again, and I want to make sure that Capital Footprint can be better defended next time,” Graham said.
But the commission’s report will probably not be legally binding, and it is not necessary that former officials be held responsible for their role in preventing violence.
Some legal scholars have Started making suggestions The 14th Amendment can be used to keep Trump out of office if he were to run again. Passed in the wake of the Civil War, the amendment includes a provision to ban any public official who “engages in rebellion or rebellion” from holding office in the future. Since that language is already contained in the Constitution, simply passing a congressional resolution announcing that actions taken for Trump’s rebellion could constitute a significant barrier to his return to public office. But there are very few indications that the Congress has planned to take this step.
And then there is the possibility of civil suits that could seek damages from Trump. NAACP this morning Filed a lawsuit against Trump And his personal lawyer, Rudolf Giuliani, argued that he had violated the Ku Klux Klan Act – which was passed in 1871, not long after the 14th Amendment – with congressional constitutional duties by inciting violent conspiracy theories Was interfered with.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of Representative Benny Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, who is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.