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Nancy Pelosi commission: House Republicans demand equal representation at Capitol riot commission
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously announced plans to establish a 9/11-type commission to investigate the events that led to and the day of the Capitol riots last January 6. In her move to establish the commission, Pelosi becomes at odds with House Republicans over representation.
House Republicans are already at odds with Pelosi following the move to pass legislation to establish an independent commission that will investigate the Capitol insurrection. Pelosi, a Democrat, has reportedly proposed the panel to tilt in favor of her party, with members of her party getting to choose seven members while their GOP counterparts choose four. Republicans, however, are demanding that the commission be split equally with both sides choosing five members as a counteroffer, according to people familiar with the matter. Republicans are also pushing for Democrats to avoid specifying avenues of inquiry that may steer the panel in certain directions rather than allowing the panel to choose their own direction in their probe.
Members of the commission that was formed during the 9/11 tragedy coincidentally came forward and advised Pelosi that an even split was the cause of the success of the probe. The willingness to bipartisan ownership of the direction of the investigation played a part in ensuring the credibility of the commission to the public. The former members advised that for the probe of the riots to be credible, it must be seen as completely independent and non-partisan.
A senior Democratic aide revealed to Politico that nothing is final yet in terms of membership. However, they noted that the so-called “Big Four” Congressional leaders would appoint two members to the commission while President Joe Biden chooses three additional members, including the chair, who will have subpoena powers.
Meanwhile, users on social media targeted Pelosi’s supposed home in San Francisco by posting on Facebook. The post on Facebook said that Pelosi was inviting “illegals” into her home including the said address. However, the post turned out to be false as the House Speaker did not live at the address that was mentioned nor did she invite any “illegals” to stay at her residence.