U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has released the following statement on his vote opposing legislation to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol building:
“It is clear that the events of January 6 have been and will continue to be investigated by Congress and our law enforcement agencies.
“It is my view that adding a new commission to this mix would inevitably delay and distract from the productive investigations already underway.”
Wicker pointed out the five following investigations into events on January 6 have been conducted or are in progress.
1. Criminal investigations - The U.S. Capitol Police, in coordination with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, have been conducting a full investigation of the criminal activity that occurred on that day. The DOJ has announced that over 400 individuals have already been arrested.
2. Impeachment Proceedings – The impeachment proceedings in February closely scrutinized the events of January 6.
3. U.S. Capitol Police, Office of the Inspector General – The OIG has released three reports on the events of January 6.
4. Task Force 1-6 Capitol Security Review - In March, at the direction of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Lt. General Russell Honore completed a six-week review of security procedures at the Capitol and produced a report detailing his recommendations.
5. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Rules Committee – Two Senate committees with jurisdiction over Capitol Hill security have held two joint hearings to date. The committees are working on a joint, bipartisan report to be released in the coming weeks.