House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi has called for a commission similar to the one that investigated the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to investigate the January 6th riot at the Capitol that killed five people. It took the 9/11 Commission two years to complete a 561-page report on the 2001 attacks, their origins and recommendations for the future.
The deputy spokesman said a commission could discuss the uprising that took place after Trump delivered an incendiary speech to supporters who later marched to the Capitol, out of the political realm and into the hands of experts who would formulate guidance Avoid future attacks.
“This is way more than just a past president,” said Clark, adding that she believed American democracy was in jeopardy. “It was a message to future presidents about what we consider behavior to be worthy of the office of President of the United States.”
When asked if the Democrats could turn to the 14th amendment to the Constitution, which includes those who have “prevented rioting or rebellion against the United States” from holding certain offices, to prevent Trump from holding office again To adopt, Clark said, “We didn’t take any of our tools off the table,” but it was too early to know what accountability processes would be used.
Whether the 14th amendment could be used against Trump remains an open constitutional debate. The amendment, passed in 1868 following the emancipation of enslaved Americans, granted citizenship and equal protection to anyone born or naturalized in the United States, though it would take a century or more to fully realize those rights. However, the amendment also includes language aimed at former Confederate officials and expressly prohibits any person “implicated in any uprising or insurrection against the United States” from serving as senators, members of the House of Representatives, or electoral college.
The amendment does not specifically mention the office of president, but insurrectional persons are “prohibited from holding any civil or military office in the United States or in any state”.
As the House’s deputy spokeswoman, Clark said she worked with new lawmakers to deal with the insurgency and its aftermath, including helping find therapists or putting security systems in place for their homes.
“Three days into her career in Congress, her life was threatened,” she said, adding that the colored people in this cohort emphasized the issues of racism linked to the insurrection.
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), Clark said, was asked to remove her lapel pin to identify her as a Representative while she is evacuated from the Capitol. Rochester was reluctant to take it off, fearing that without this ID she would not be considered a vulnerable person by law enforcement agencies.
“These are the real issues that members of Congress are dealing with and working on,” said Clark.