WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said she will establish a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, after Senate Republicans blocked an earlier effort to establish a bipartisan independent commission.
The committee will investigate and report on the facts and the causes of the attack and will make recommendations for the prevention of any future attacks, Mrs. Pelosi said.
The speaker had signaled her intention to form a select committee earlier this week during a meeting with the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, according to people familiar with the matter.
“This gleeful desecration of the Capitol resulted in multiple deaths, and physical harm to over 140 members of law enforcement and terror and trauma to staff, workers and members,” said Mrs. Pelosi at a press conference on Thursday.
But in the Senate, Republicans blocked the legislation, which needed 60 votes to advance under the chamber’s longstanding filibuster rule.
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