McConnell said he would be open to a commission narrowly focused on security at Hill.
“We could do something narrow that looks at the Capitol, or we could potentially do something broader to analyze the full extent of the political violence problem in this country,” McConnell added. “We can not land on an artificial, politicized halfway.”
McConnell’s comments underscore the sheer challenge facing Democrats if they hope – as Pelosi suggests – to recreate the spirit of the 9/11 Commission, a two-part review of the 2001 terrorist attacks, seen as a model for intensifying the aftermath of nationally important moments. Lawmakers have proposed similar “9/1
McConnell’s remarks come as two Senate committees push for a joint two-party investigation into security failures that allowed a pro-Trump mob to break the Capitol while lawmakers certified Joe Biden’s victory for the Electoral College.
The Senate Homeland Security and Rules Committee is holding a hearing next week with officials from the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI – three units that came under harsh criticism during the panels’ first hearing on Tuesday.
Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and Acting DC Police Chief Robert Contee told senators that the Pentagon was slowly going through their urgent prayers for help from the National Guard. They also stated that they were not informed of intelligence reports suggesting that extremist groups were ready for violence.
The next hearing, scheduled for next Wednesday, will include testimony from Robert Salesses, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security; Jill Sanborn, assistant director of the FBI’s Department of Terrorism; and Melissa Smislova, who heads the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis.
In addition, senators are expected to be briefed on Capitol security measures later on Wednesday by the acting chief of police in the Capitol and the acting weapons sergeant.