Feb 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Pelosi says commission investigating Capitol attack must have subpoena power

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that the "9/11 style" commission investigating the Jan. 6 attacks on the Capitol must have subpoena powers in order to be successful.

The big picture: Subpoena powers will give the commission the ability to call witnesses for testimony — including uncooperative ones. Calls for a commission have grown since impeachment charges against former President Trump failed in the Senate last weekend.

Republican lawmakers are arguing that the commission will need to be genuinely bipartisan in order to be successful.

  • Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told The Dispatch Thursday morning that the commission "must be evenly split between both parties."
  • Rep. Liz Cheney also said the commission "needs to have subpoena power" and "should be made up of retired officials from both parties."
  • Over the weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham, an ardent supporter of Trump's, voiced support for a commission to "make sure it never happens again."
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