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.

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