AZ Rep. Gosar defends woman killed during Capitol riot

AZ Rep. Gosar defends woman killed during Capitol riot

AZ Rep. Gosar defends woman killed during Capitol riot

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted he has yet to read the legislation, and other Republicans have objected to keeping the commission's focus on Jan 6. instead of expanding it to all of the violence that occurred during the summer of rage riots past year.

House lawmakers have a reached a deal on a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump and to recommend changes to further protect the complex. It would have subpoena power and be charged with issuing a final report by December 31, along recommendations to prevent future attacks.

In a statement, Democratic chairman Bennie Thompson and ranking member John Katko said they would introduce legislation for consideration before the House as soon as next week to set up the investigative panel modeled after the one used to probe the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Democrats, who control the majority in the House and Senate, would appoint the commission chair. But Democrats could proceed without his backing as several other House Republicans, including those who voted to impeach former President Trump, are expected to back it. "So that's very concerning to me", House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told reporters shortly after Friday's announcement.

The proposed bill mandates that commissioners have "significant expertise in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence, and cybersecurity", and current government officers or employees are prohibited from appointment.

Cheney told reporters Friday she thought "it's great the Speaker has announced the January 6 commission and I hope we'll be able to really have the kind of investigation we need about what happened".

The commission will have the authority to issue subpoenas to secure information to carry out its investigation, but that will require agreement between the chair and the vice chair or a vote by a majority of commission members, according to the bill.

Days after the attack, Katko and Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., introduced legislation to form a January 6 Commission - equally divided among Democrats and Republicans - to investigate security lapses in the attack.

"Inaction - or just moving on - is simply not an option", Thompson said.

The commission vote will likely be followed by a vote on emergency funding to bolster security at the Capitol.

During the impeachment, House Democrats, citing reports from the New York Times and other media, had claimed that Sicknick was beaten to death by a group of protesters on January 6 before the NY Times updated its report to say there was no evidence to support that claim.

The House speaker was supported in the effort by former House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, who was ousted from the No. 3 leadership position earlier this week for her rebuke of Republicans who have embraced former President Donald Trump's election falsehoods.

Cheney and Katko are two of 10 HouseRepublicans who voted with Democrats in February to impeach Trump for inciting theinsurrection against Congress, as it worked to tally the electoral college results. While it is nearly certain to gain majority support from the Democratic-led House, Republicans will have to decide whether to side moderates like Katko, who struck the deal, or GOPleaders who continue to look sneeringly on the product.

Democrats on May 12 blasted former Trump administration officials including former acting Defense chief Christopher Miller for failing to to avert the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The commission does not have full GOP support.

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