Just days after Donald Trump was acquitted in a Senate impeachment trial, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden "would support" an independent, Sept. 11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6th insurrection. (Feb. 16)
- Would the president sign legislation to create a commission to investigate the January 6th attack?
JEN PSAKI: Well I saw an announcement, I believe it was yesterday, if I'm remembering correctly, by Speaker Pelosi. Or some comments, I should say. It's, of course, Congress's decision to form this commission, as we've talked about a bit in here, but it's certainly one the president would support.
And President Biden has made clear his views on the tragic events of January 6, including where responsibility for them lies, he backs efforts to shed additional light on the facts to ensure something like that never happens again. In addition to the recently announced desire to put together a commission, or form a commission, we'll continue to work with Congress to identify measures that the federal government can take going forward to prevent violence we saw on January 6th. And as you know, probably, Mary, there's a number of hearings that are upcoming in the coming weeks and we'll be cooperative with those, of course.
- Does he support criminal prosecution?
JEN PSAKI: That will be up to the Department of Justice to determine. We're doing something new here, and there's going to be an independent Justice Department to determine what any path forward in any investigation would look like.
- After this president's actions, though, do you think-- does something like this, does it seem-- I mean, Mitch McConnell left that door open to criminal prosecution. Would actions like this, do they meet the bar for criminal prosecution?
JEN PSAKI: I am not going to speculate on criminal prosecution from the White House podium. The president is committed to having an independent Justice Department that will make their own decisions about the path forward.