Leading US Democrat Nancy Pelosi has announced an “independent” investigation into the storming of the Capitol building in Washington on January 6.
The riot claimed five lives and became the focus of an impeachment inquiry against former president Donald Trump.
Trump was impeached by US lawmakers in the House of Representatives, but the Senate did not convict him of inciting an insurrection.
“We must get to the truth of how this happened,” said Pelosi, who is the House speaker.
“To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission to ‘investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex’,” Pelosi said, citing an interim report by Lt General Russel Honore.
The impeachment proceedings featured dramatic video footage showing just how close some lawmakers came to being physically attacked by rioters.
The images showed Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, being ushered to safety by a Capitol police officer.
Additional videos showed then-vice president Mike Pence, Schumer and others evacuating the area around the Senate chamber through back stairways.