The group, made up of a number of House Democrats with national security backgrounds, had prepared an op-ed calling on Biden to form a presidential commission investigating the events that led to the riots, in the tradition of former President Ronald Reagan’s Tower Commission and Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential commission on the attack on Pearl Harbor. The op-ed was drafted following the Senate’s failure to pass legislation establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection.
But the move was discouraged by senior members of the President’s homeland security staff, CNN has learned. Last Friday, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to weigh in on the prospect of a presidential commission. Biden has no plans to create one, CNN reported Thursday.
“Congress was attacked on that day, and President Biden firmly agrees with Speaker Pelosi that Congress itself has a unique role and ability to carry out that investigation. Because of that, the President doesn’t plan to appoint his own commission,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told CNN in a statement Thursday.
Any presidential commission tasked with investigating the events on January 6 would have been hamstrung by the lack of subpoena power.
CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.