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Speaker Pelosi Authorizes Independent Commission to Investigate Jan. 6 Insurrection

HeadlineFeb 16, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has authorized a 9/11-style commission to further investigate the January 6 insurrection, as well as the actions that led up to it. This comes as calls are growing for the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump as one of the last paths left to hold him accountable, after Saturday’s vote in the Senate fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to find him guilty.

Seven Republicans voted with Democrats to convict, among them North Carolina Senator Richard Burr. On Monday, North Carolina’s Republican Party formally censured Burr over his vote, joining a similar votes against Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania was censured by the Washington County GOP. Republican officials in Maine and Utah are also considering censure votes against Susan Collins and Mitt Romney over their votes to convict Trump.

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