The caucus has been debating for weeks whether to launch a separate investigation as several House committees, including the Homeland Security Committee, are already conducting their own investigations into the violent riot.
If the speaker opts for a small committee, he can consolidate his investigations into a single body but risks being perceived as partisan. Republicans created a select committee to investigate the 2012 bombings in the Libyan city of Benghazi, for example, but the panel drew criticism from Democrats.
Some Democrats have also privately feared that an investigation of the party line could further fuel tensions in the aisle, with a small but noisy GOP faction downplaying the violence of the Jan.6 attack.
“If Jim Jordan was in charge, it would be like the Benghazi Inquiry. Fortunately, he’s not in charge, ”said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Who led the impeachment charge against Trump for inciting this insurgency in January.
The House passed a law last month to establish a bipartisan commission, but Senate Republicans blocked the bill, arguing that existing committee-led and federal investigations made the commission “foreign.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he could present the bill for another vote, but Pelosi’s announcement would appear to present any plans to force another vote.
Two Senate committees released their own bipartisan Jan.6 security breach report earlier this month, but Democrats were careful to say their reports did not replace a broader investigation into the insurgency. Senate committee reports only looked at security, preparedness and response to the attack rather than tackling larger themes like the actions of the White House during the insurgency.