McConnell said he would be open to a commission closely focused on hill security.
“We can do something narrow to look at the Capitol, or potentially do something broader to analyze the full extent of the problem of political violence in this country,” McConnell added. “We can’t land on an artificial, politicized half.”
McConnell’s comments underscore the steep challenge facing Democrats if they hope – as Pelosi suggests – to recreate the spirit of the 9/11 Commission, a bipartisan review of the 2001 terrorist attacks, which is seen as a model for intensive national reviews. significant moments after actions. Lawmakers have proposed similar “September 1
McConnell’s remarks came when two Senate committees called for a joint bipartisan investigation into security failures that allowed a pro-Trump mob to break through the Capitol as lawmakers attested Joe Biden’s victory in Electoral College.
The Senate Homeland Security and Rules Committees will hold a hearing next week with officials from the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, three entities that were severely criticized during Tuesday’s first committee hearing.
Former Capitol police chief Stephen Sund and acting DC police chief Robert Conti told senators that the Pentagon was slowly fulfilling their urgent requests for help from the National Guard. They also said they had not been informed of intelligence reports suggesting that extremist groups were preparing for violence.
The next hearing, scheduled for next Wednesday, will include testimony from Robert Saleses, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internal Defense and Global Security; Jill Sanborn, Assistant Director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division; and Melissa Smislova, who heads the Intelligence and Analysis Service of the Ministry of National Security.
In addition, senators are expected to be briefed on Capitol security measures later Wednesday by the acting Capitol police chief and acting Senate sergeant.