Pelosi will allow Republican input on proposed Jan. 6 commission subpoenas

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wears a mask calling for Washington, D.C., to be made the fifty-first U.S. state via the proposed DC Admission Act, to be voted on Thursday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. April 21, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that she will allow Republican involvement in approving subpoenas on a proposed commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Hoping to secure Republican backing for the panel, Pelosi told reporters that subpoenas would receive joint approval by the Republican vice chair and Democratic chair, versus an earlier proposal requiring only the approval of the Democrat. Supboenas could also be a approved by a majority of the commission.

"I want this to be bipartisan," Pelosi said at her weekly press conference. "If the price of the confidence that the public would have in this, is to make it harder to get some things done, so be it."

The California Democrat has also agreed to have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans on the commission, after Republicans complained about initial plans to give Democrats full control.

But disagreements remain over the scope of the commission. Democrats want the panel to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters that left five people dead including a police officer.

Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have called for including the civil unrest that swept the country last year following the death of George Floyd.

Reporting by David Morgan Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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