Trump 'must be held accountable' -DC mayor

"The Congress must create a nonpartisan commission to understand the catastrophic security failures that happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, both to hold people accountable and to ensure that it never happens again," Bowser said.

The assault by Trump supporters forced members of Congress, who were in the process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden's victory, to evacuate the chambers for several hours.

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MURIEL BOWSER: First, we must get statehood on the president's desk within the first 100 days of the 117th Congress. Congress must immediately transfer command of the District of Columbia National Guard from the president of the United States and put it squarely under the command and control of the mayor of the District of Columbia.

The Congress must create a nonpartisan commission to understand the catastrophic security failures that happen at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, both to hold people accountable and to ensure that it never happens again. We must also understand why the federal law-enforcement response was much stronger at the protest over the summer than during yesterday's attack on Congress.

I also call on the Joint Terrorism Task Force to investigate, arrest, and prosecute any individual who entered the Capitol, destroyed property, or incited acts of domestic terrorism observed yesterday.

More immediately, we know that the current president must be held accountable for this unprecedented attack on our democracy. What happened yesterday is what he wanted to happen, and we must not underestimate the damage he can do to our nation and our democracy over the next two weeks.

And it's not just the president who must be held accountable. So too must the domestic terrorists who stormed the Capitol and threatened members of Congress.