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Thompson Statement on Being Named Chair of Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol

July 01, 2021

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement after Speaker Pelosi named him as Chair of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol:

“I deep appreciate the responsibility the Speaker has placed in my hands to ensure the January 6th domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol is thoroughly and properly investigated. The Select Committee named today is uniquely focused on delivering a definitive accounting of the attack—an undertaking so vital to guarding against future attacks. The Select Committee has the same functions and purposes as the Commission that we tried to create – and Senate Republicans sadly blocked.

“I am confident that with Members that share our commitment to follow the facts where they lead, this Select Committee can deliver the answers the American people are seeking. I still have hope that, like after the 9/11 attacks, we can come together in a bipartisan way to investigate this attack on our citadel of democracy and ensure it never happens again.

“I welcome my Democratic and Republican colleagues that have already been named to the Select Committee. Now, let’s get to work.”

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