Pelosi planning a 9/11-style inquiry into the Capitol siege

In a letter to her colleagues Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised the formation of an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the security failures surrounding it.

In the interest of safeguarding the nation's security, Pelosi said a 9/11-type commission must be established to “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol complex” as well as “the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.” Establishing such a commission will likely require legislation in the vein of how the 9/11 Commission was formed. Pelosi also said a supplemental appropriations bill would be necessary to fund increased security measures for the Capitol and congressional members in the near term. 

“It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened,” Pelosi wrote. 

Pelosi isn't the only congressional lawmaker who wants to know what the heck happened on Jan. 6 to make the Capitol breach possible. Even the likes of Trump sycophant Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told Fox News Sunday, "We need a 9/11 Commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again." Of course, Graham could turn on a dime if Donald Trump is somehow implicated in the security failures—which he surely will be. The only question concerning Trump's (non)involvement in the flagging law enforcement presence is to what extent Trump helped hobble the response.

Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, who ultimately voted to convict Trump of the impeachment charges, also expressed genuine interest in getting to the bottom of the breach and security failures. 

“Why was there not more law enforcement, National Guard already mobilized, what was known, who knew it, and when they knew it, all that, because that builds the basis so this never happens again in the future,” Cassidy said Sunday on ABC News’ This Week.

Naturally, House Republicans have already established themselves as a part of the problem. The latest conspiracy theory of the tinfoil hat caucus appears to be that Pelosi herself kneecapped the Jan. 6 response. They ask a series of probing questions in their latest letter to Pelosi and then complain that they haven't been adequately consulted on the latest security measures being taken at the Capitol, including the installation of magnetometers at entrances to the House chamber.

Anyway, if the tinfoil hat caucus is really on to something, then Pelosi's independent commission will ultimately be an investigation of ... herself. Genius.

Trump finally addresses the nation after he unleashed rioters on the Capitol. It’s deplorable

Donald Trump was given two chances Tuesday to turn down the heat of his cultists and take responsibility for his role in last week's deadly attack on the Capitol as he addressed reporters at the White House and then once again at Andrews Air Force Base. He took a pass both times.

Instead, Trump registered his grievances, calling impeachment a "continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics." Trump—forever the victim. And although he claimed he wanted "no violence," Trump blamed Democrats for the toxic environment and sympathized with his supporters. "For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it's causing tremendous danger to our country and it's causing tremendous anger."

Trump also brushed aside any culpability for inciting the riot at the Capitol. "If you read my speech," he offered, "it’s been analyzed, and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate.”

Actually, exactly no one has said that. His cultists listening to him at The Ellipse knew exactly what Trump instructed them to do, so they marched straight over to the Capitol and did it. Hours into the insurrection, Trump's legal counsel and aides inside the White House finally convinced him that he must release a video telling his supporters to leave because he and his family could be legally liable for the death and destruction they caused. 

And as reluctant as the media has been throughout Trump's term to appropriately lay blame at his feet for his actions, reporters immediately drew a through line between Trump's incendiary language in the speech and the tumult that ensued.

In any case, Trump has now addressed the American people for the first time since the assault he unleashed on the U.S. government and lawmakers. He is a miserable failure of a leader, showing zero remorse, integrity, or any inkling of human decency.


Trump on impeachment: "For Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to continue on this path, I think it's causing tremendous danger to our county and it's causing tremendous anger. I want no violence."

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 12, 2021

Trump on speech just before deadly riot where he said "fight" or "fighting" more than 20 times: "It's been analyzed and people thought that what I said was totally appropriate."

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 12, 2021