Chairwoman Maloney Applauds Speaker’s Decision to Establish Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the Capitol
Washington, D.C. (June 24, 2021)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after Speaker Pelosi announced that a Select Committee would be established to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol:
“I applaud Speaker Pelosi’s decision to establish a Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
“The Select Committee will be crucial to ensuring we fully understand the root causes of the January 6 insurrection and pass reforms so that nothing like this ever happens again.
“Speaker Pelosi’s original preference, and mine, was to establish an independent, bipartisan commission. Sadly, many Republicans in Congress chose to obstruct an independent commission, ignore the deadly realities of January 6, and embrace the lies of the man who incited the insurrection. It is because of this Republican intransigence that the House must move forward with its own Select Committee, which will follow the facts wherever they lead and perform an exhaustive review of the events of January 6 in order to make recommendations to strengthen the security of the Capitol—and our democracy.
“Since the insurrection, the Oversight Committee and other House Committees have been investigating why our nation’s law enforcement agencies failed to anticipate a domestic terrorist threat that was planned out in the open, why critical assistance took so long to arrive during the attack, and President Trump’s central role in fomenting the insurrection.
“The Oversight Committee’s work continues, and I look forward to working closely with the Select Committee. We must fully investigate the January 6 attack, secure our democracy, and prevent future acts of domestic terrorism.”