Quigley Votes to Create Select Committee to Investigate Capitol Attack
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to create a Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol:
“The January 6 attack was not just a harrowing experience for those of us who were there – it was an attack on the very foundation of our democracy. We have a responsibility to uncover the truth of what took place and led up to, that day.
“Congress had the opportunity to establish a completely independent commission to investigate the Capitol Attack. Unfortunately, Republicans blocked that commission, leaving us with no other option than for Congress to take up this investigation.”
On January 6th, the United States Capitol Complex was attacked by insurrectionists attempting to impede Congress’s constitutional mandate to validate the results of the presidential election. In the wake of this domestic terrorist mob attack, many unanswered questions remain about its origins and the response to it.
The Committee will have thirteen members appointed by the Speaker, five of whom will be appointed after consultation with the Minority Leader. This House-passed resolution does not require Senate approval or a Presidential signature in order to take effect. This step comes after Senate Republicans, at the request of Mitch McConnell, blocked a popular and bipartisan bill to establish an independent 9/11-type Commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection.