Creating an Independent January 6 Commission
Certain facts about January 6, 2021 are widely known and understood: While Congress was ratifying the electoral college votes from the 2020 election, thousands of violent insurrectionists breached the barriers surrounding the US Capitol, broke into the very seat of our democracy, and disrupted the proceedings on the House floor. What remains unknown and in dispute, however, is how to ensure this never happens again.
Protect Democracy believes the country needs an independent national January 6 commission to study what happened that day and how to prevent its repeat. That is why we joined a cross-partisan coalition of advocacy organizations in calling for Congress to create a commission.
Protect Democracy also organized a letter from 140 national security leaders who served in Administrations and were elected by members of both parties calling on Congress to create an independent January 6th Commission. You can find their letter to Congress here.
Like the 9/11 Commission, the January 6 Commission would ensure that the unprecedented attack is thoroughly investigated, that the American people are provided with a full picture of the attack and its causes, and that lawmakers are equipped with nonpartisan recommendations to prevent future attacks.
Protect Democracy Celebrates House Passage of Legislation Authorizing Bipartisan January 6 Commission
Protect Democracy applauds bipartisan agreement to create a January 6 Commission
140 National Security Leaders to Congress: We Need a January 6th Commission
Protect Democracy applauds the call for an independent and bipartisan national commission to investigate the January 6th assault of the U.S. Capitol.
Cross-partisan Coalition Urges Congress to Establish Comprehensive January 6 Commission
Examining security failures alone is insufficient to ensure full accounting and appropriate corrective actions
As G.O.P. Blocks Inquiry, Questions on Jan. 6 Attack May Go Unanswered
GOP poised to block bipartisan probe of Jan. 6 insurrection
Former DHS secretaries call on Senate to approve Jan. 6 commission
Ex-national security officials call for commission to investigate Capitol attack
Ex-national senior security officials call for Capitol attack commission
140 national security leaders call for 9/11-style panel to review Jan. 6 attack