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February 20, 2021

     House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded Thursday that the 9/11-style commission being established to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have subpoena power, amid concerns on the right that the probe could become partisan.  “You have to have subpoena power,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during her weekly news conference when asked if the commission should be able to demand testimony from unwilling witnesses. “There’s really strong support in the country for us to seek the truth, find the truth, but also understand how we have to protect the American people from what might be out there in terms of domestic terrorism and the rest,” the top ranking House Democrat argued. Pelosi is trying to control all and twist conservative views.

     Bipartisan calls for a 9/11-style probe intensified in recent weeks, with calls coming to a head from both Democratic and GOP lawmakers. By Monday, Pelosi had announced the formation of a commission, telling House members in a “Dear Colleague” letter that there were still too many unanswered questions in the wake of former President Trump’s impeachment trial and initial security review by ret. Gen. Russel Honoré.

     As of Wednesday, House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) has not heard from Pelosi or anyone else in Democratic leadership, he told CNNHe had voiced his concern about the lack of outreach to the network. “If Speaker Pelosi’s vision of a 9/11 Commission is to only stay focused on Republicans, then she is really not interested in a truly 9/11-type commission,” he told the network at the time.

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