"To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission," she wrote. The commission would "investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex," she wrote.
She said she also wanted the panel to look into the "preparedness and response" from Capitol police and other law enforcement officers at the attack, in which five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died.
Pelosi said that retired Lt. General Russel Honoré has been reviewing the Capitol's "security infrastructure" in the weeks since the riot, and is currently looking into how to ensure an attack does not happen again.
"He has been working with Committees of Jurisdiction and will continue to make proposals. It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened," she said.
Nearly six weeks after the pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, more than 5,000 National Guard troops are still stationed at the Capitol complex, and are expected to stay until at least mid-March, Reuters reported.
"The T-shirt logo designed by a member of the Embassy shows a stylized W, and is not intended to represent a bat. It was created for the team of Embassy staff working on repatriation of Canadians from Wuhan in early 2020," the spokesperson said.
Wu-Tang clan did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on their logo being used.
Chinese-Canadian relations have been tense in recent years - in 2018, China arrested two Canadian men and accused them of spying, and Canada detained the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, Meng Wanzhou, who is wanted in the US on fraud charges.
A man charged in the Capitol riot has been accused of attacking a police officer and causing her to lose consciousness during the insurrection.
A criminal complaint unsealed on Monday says Ryan Stephen Samsel, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, has been charged with forcibly assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating, or interfering with a police officer, attempting to obstruct a police officer, and obstructing an official proceeding.
Federal investigators included number of images from a video taken during the insurrection, which show a man they identify as Samsel leading a group of rioters toward a police barricade in from of the Capitol, moments before rioters in support of former President Donald Trump breached the building on January 6.
"After removing his jacket, Samsel pushed and pulled the barricades until the crowd successfully pushed the barricades down on top of the officers," the complaint says. "In the process of pushing the barricades to the ground, Samsel and others knocked over [the US Capitol Police officer] as the crowd lifted the barricades and pushed toward the Capitol, causing [her] head to hit the stairs behind her, resulting in a loss of consciousness."
New details about the alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer from her vacation home in northern Michigan were revealed in a plea agreement filed when Ty Garbin, one of the six men charged federally in the case, agreed to plea guilty on Wednesday.
Garbin, a 25-year-old from Hartland, Michigan, pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping conspiracy.
All other men in the federal case have pleaded not guilty. Eight other people have been charged with related crimes in the alleged kidnap plot at a state level.
In the court filing, prosecutors said the defendants held "training" sessions at multiple locations and prepared for a fight against police.
Prosecutors said that during training sessions in Munith, Michigan, the defendants constructed a "shoot house" out of wood that they practiced breaching with firearms "to stimulate assaulting the Capitol or elsewhere."
"The conspirators also practiced combat first aid, including applying tourniquets, applying bandages, treating cuts, burns, and gunshot and shrapnel wounds they might receive during a firefight with law enforcement," prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said that in one meeting, a defendant "reiterated the plan to storm the Michigan State Capitol, and proposed using Molotov cocktails and other improvised explosive devices to distract and hinder law enforcement during the operation."
At another training session, prosecutors said, one of the men brought a modified AR-15-type semiautomatic rifle equipped with a shortened barrel, silencer, and a 37-millimeter projectile launcher that he said could be used against police.
Authorities stopped the plot in October thanks to confidential informants and an undercover FBI agent. Upon making arrests, officials charged Garbin and five others with kidnapping conspiracy and eight on a state level with related crimes.
Garbin appeared before a judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Wednesday, and faces up to life in prison for the kidnapping conspiracy charge.
He's scheduled to be sentenced on July 8.
Prosecutors said in the plea agreement that the US Attorney's Office is still deciding whether or not it will file a motion requesting a reduction in Garbin's sentence.
A judge in Delaware has approved a revised bankruptcy plan for the Weinstein Company, in which $17 million in liquidated funds will be allotted to women who have accused disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and misconduct.
The $35 million liquidation plan, which comes nearly three years after the Weinstein Company declared bankruptcy, also provides $9.7 million in legal costs for former officers and directors of the company and $8.4 million to a trust resolving non-sexual misconduct claims, according to the Associated Press.
Attorney Beth Fegan, who represented several women in the case, told Insider that the court-approved plan provides a confidential process for Weinstein's accusers to seek compensation.
"Harvey Weinstein caused irremediable harm with his decades-long, predatory sexual abuse. Judge [Mary] Walrath's decision is the first step in bringing closure to his victims," she said in a statement. "The decision paves the way for the creation of a $17 million victims' fund by which The Weinstein Company-era survivors can apply for meaningful monetary compensation for their injuries in a confidential process."
Fegan said the process "was supported by 85% of those survivors who voted to approve the plan in the bankruptcy court." The AP said 55 women filed sexual misconduct claims as part of the case, and 39 of them had approved the settlement plan.
"FeganScott is proud to stand by its survivor-clients, Louisette Geiss, Sarah Ann Masse, and Melissa Thompson, who have unselfishly fought for more than three years for this result, which will benefit all victims," Fegan said.
A claims examiner will determine how much money accusers will receive in their settlement through a points system, AP reported. The system will allot points for the seriousness of the allegations, corroborating evidence, prior or pending litigation, statutes of limitation, and claims of emotional distress and harm.
Attorneys for women who opposed the plan told the AP that the point system "pits women against women" and puts them in competition for settlement money.
Attorney Paul Zumbro, who represents the Weinstein Company, told CNN that the settlement allows victims to seek compensation "without having to endure the hardships and uncertainties of litigation."
Imran H. Ansari, an attorney for Weinstein, agreed in a statement to Insider.
"While there are those who continue to rail against the settlement that the court found acceptable today, the practical reality is that outside the settlement the plaintiffs face an uncertain financial recovery, with The Weinstein Company bankrupt, and Mr. Weinstein, who denies the claims against him, with a current and future financial state that is far from healthy," Ansari said. "Those yelling loudly seem to ignore, for whatever reason, that many parties have wanted this settlement to succeed, importantly, it is not just the Weinstein defendants, but the plaintiffs themselves, who likely recognize that it is the only route to a realistic recovery."
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, following a conviction of third-degree rape and forcible sexual assault of two women.
He's also facing sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, where officials are trying to have him extradited. The LA charges are tied to alleged incidents involving five women between 2004 and 2013.
The mob that overtook the US Capitol on January 6 was seconds away from seeing security whisk away then-Vice President Mike Pence, the Washington Post reported.
Many of the pro-Trump rioters were armed. Their goal that day, laid out in messages prosecutors have cited charging them with crimes, was to swarm the halls of government and keep Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's victory.
Lawmakers were eventually whisked away to secure rooms with their staff, but rioters continued to push through, and some made it to the Senate chamber - where they scaled down walls and sat at the dais where Pence had presided mere minutes before.
In total five people died in the Capitol insurrection, including one Capitol Police officer.
But experts told Insider that the insurrection could have been much deadlier if lawmakers hadn't been taken to safety.
"If insurrectionists had been able to get their hands on a member of Congress, particularly a member of Congress that has been vilified by right-wing media… I think you could most definitely have had bloodshed because people were so riled up and fueled with conspiracy theories and hatred," Devin Burghart, the executive director of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, a national watchdog group, told Insider.
Burghart said if more rioters made it inside the Capitol, or if Trump had walked with rioters to the building as he said he would, it would have been a "much more volatile situation."
"You could have literally had open air executions in Washington on January 6," he said. "It's clear from the rhetoric they were using inside the halls, their intentions, given things like a noose hanging out in front or the fact that they brought zip ties and weapons into the halls, it could have been disastrous."
Once expert says rioters never actually expected to gain access to the Capitol and were 'caught off guard and without a specific strategy'
Javed Ali, a former senior director for counterterrorism and the National Security Council, questioned why the riot didn't turn more violent.
"Was it because they couldn't find members of Congress and the vice president? Was it because law enforcement thankfully prevented them from doing it? Was it because they had a change of heart at some point in the middle of their time in the building? I just don't think we know yet," Ali said.
"But it absolutely had the potential to be more violent and I'm surprised it wasn't, not only from that end of the spectrum, but from the law enforcement side, too."
Tamara Herold, a crime scientist and director of the Crowd Management Research Council, told Insider that some rioters likely never believed they'd actually breach the capitol.
"I think most rioters were caught off-guard and without a specific strategy, which likely prevented greater harm from occurring," she said, adding that police actions may have saved lives: "Attempting to hold and redirect the crowd as long as possible to allow evacuation and the arrival of additional police personnel, without resorting to deadly violence (with one exception), likely prevented provoking rioters into using greater levels of deadly force."
Several military members and law enforcement officers were among rioters charged in the insurrection
Three members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right extremist group that recruits former military and police, have been charged with conspiracy in the insurrection, and a charging document showed men planning to storm the Capitol days in advance.
Burghart told Insider that he wasn't surprised to see former military members and off-duty police officers being arrested and put on leave in connection the insurrection.
"It certainly is worrisome in the current context that you have law enforcement officers who don't know the difference between right and wrong and willing to participate in a seditious act like trying to overthrow election results and engage in a bloody interaction," he said.
And while law enforcement agencies have said they had "no intelligence" that an insurrection would happen, there were warning signs that Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally would descend into violence.
Furthermore, the New York Police Department and FBI's Norfolk field office also sent Capitol Police and the FBI intelligence that violence was possible on January 6, including specific threats and plans, NPR and the Washington Post reported.
Members of Congress want the insurrection investigated
Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she thought she was going to die during the riot in an hour-long Instagram live, while Republican Rep. John Katko told Syracuse.com that the insurrection was "much worse than people realized."
"There are a lot of unanswered questions here, from possible security lapses to who was involved and when they were involved," Katko told the publication. "We need to have a full stem to stern look back on this to see what happened, how it happened, the sequence of events, who contributed to it, and how we make sure it never happens again."
Seven Democratic senators are also calling for an ethics probe into Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, and whether their actions to object to the election results contributed to the insurrection.
Ali told Insider that the Biden administration should take steps to prevent further insurrections from happening in the coming years.
He said there needs to be stricter domestic terrorism laws, as well as a commission on domestic terrorism, and said there need to more internal resources for government agencies to investigate and prevent such acts.
Herold told Insider that there should be a "thorough review" into what happened, and changes in leadership, policy, and training protocols "should be guided by the investigatory outcomes and thoughtful discussions with experts moving forward."
Burghart told Insider that the effort to shut down further possible insurrections lies not only in the hands of the Biden administration, but everyone.
"I think it requires concerted national efforts to de-radicalize these folks and to have them disengage and start getting back to all of us talking about who and what we are as a nation in the 21st Century, living up to our real core democratic values rather than allowing the kind of conspiracism and anti-democratic ideas to flourish," he said. "That's going to require a concerted effort by all Americans to change the tone and tenor of our nation moving forward."
Biden replaced a portrait of President Andrew Jackson with a portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and opted to feature a number of progressives and activists through the room, including Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the labor leader and civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez.
He also chose to display portraits of Benjamin Franklin, President Thomas Jefferson, and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.
Jones is accused of breaking a window of the Capitol building moments before Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot during the insurrection earlier this month.
He's facing multiple charges, including assault on a federal officer, destruction of government property, obstruction of justice, unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
A Kentucky man who is accused of breaking a window of the Capitol building moments before Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot during the insurrection earlier this month has been arrested.
Chad Barrett Jones, 42, of Coxs Creek, Kentucky, was arrested in Louisville on Saturday and charged with assault on a federal officer, destruction of government property, obstruction of justice, unlawful entry on restricted building or grounds, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, the FBI said in a news release.
The affidavit cites video from the Washington Post, alleging that Jones can be seen striking a door to the lobby's glass panels with what appeared to be a wooden flag pole.
The crowd around the man can be heard shouting "Break it down" and "let's f------ go!" as he struck the glass, the FBI said.
Seconds after the glass panel was broken, Babbitt, 35, was shot by a police officer as she tried to climb through it to enter the lobby.
Babbitt and four others died in the Capitol riot, which was carried out by supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the building as Congress debated Electoral College votes from the 2020 election won by President-elect Joe Biden.
FBI Special Agent Javier Gonzalez said in the affidavit that a witness identified Jones through a tip to the FBI National Threat Operation Center.
The witness said Jones was a relative who had told him he traveled to Washington DC and had used a flag pole holding a flag supporting Trump to break the Capitol window.
Another person, who identified himself as a friend of Jones, told the FBI that Jones had called him after seeing himself on the news, and called himself an idiot, according to the affidavit.
Jones is scheduled to appear in court on January 19.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District said in a news release on Sunday that it as lifting air-quality regulations that limit the number of cremations that can be performed in Los Angeles County.
The agency said the regulation was lifted to officials could handle a "backlog" of bodies of people who have died in LA County during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The regulation has been lifted for 10 days, with the option to b extended.
LA County is currently seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases and has reported 13,848 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Los Angeles County has temporarily lifted air-quality regulations that limit the number of cremations that can be performed monthly as officials handle a "backlog" of bodies of people who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District said in a news release on Sunday that it was issuing an emergency order to lift the cremation limit put in place "based on potential air quality impacts" after requests from the Los Angeles County Medical-Examiner Coroner (ME-Coroner) and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
According to an order issued by South Coast AQMD, which regulates air pollution in multiple counties across Southern California, as of January 15, there were more than 2,700 bodies being stored at hospitals in LA County and at the Coroner's office and officials didn't have the resources or capability to perform cremations under current regulations.
"The current rate of death is more than double that of pre-pandemic years, leading to hospitals, funeral homes, and crematoriums exceeding capacity without the ability to process the backlog of cases," the agency said, adding that any facility planning to exceed cremation limits should file an email notice citing capacity and temperature requirements.
The South Coast AQMD said the order lifting cremation regulations would last 10 days but may be extended as the county coroner "anticipates that another surge is approaching as a result of the New Year's holiday since deaths tend to occur 4-6 weeks after gatherings."
The agency said all other air-quality rule requirements would remain in effect during its lift on cremation restrictions.
Rep. Stacey Plaskett, who serves as a House delegate representing the Virgin Islands, told Buzzfeed News that she opted to shelter in her office instead of with colleagues during the Capitol insurrection last week.
She said was concerned about several Republicans not wearing masks while sheltering in a secure room during the insurrection.
In the days since the insurrection, Democratic Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Brad Schneider, and Adriano Espaillat have tested positive for COVID-19.
Rep. Stacey Plaskett says she opted not to shelter with Republican colleagues who weren't wearing masks during the Capitol insurrection last week and instead chose to risk running into the mob as she sought safety elsewhere.
In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Plaskett, who serves as a House delegate representing the US Virgin Islands, said she was watching the debate over Electoral College votes remotely in her office as rioters who supported President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on January 6.
She and her staff locked their doors, and a few hours later she was told to join other members of Congress in a secure location.
Plaskett briefly went down to the room, but quickly realized several Republican lawmakers weren't wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"I became concerned that, you know, maybe I could fight off or run from rioters, but I wouldn't be able to see the virus as it was coming toward me," she told Buzzfeed. "I decided that I'd rather go through the tunnels and get back to my office and lock the door again."
Plaskett, a Democrat, isn't the only representative to raise concerns over Republicans in the House not wearing masks during the insurrection.
In the days since the insurrection, Democratic Reps. Pramila Jayapal, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Brad Schneider, and Adriano Espaillat have tested positive for COVID-19.
Coleman wrote an opinion column in the Washington Post after testing positive for COVID-19, in which she criticized her "Republican colleagues' inability to accept facts."
"I am angry that after I spent months carefully isolating myself, a single chaotic day likely got me sick. I am angry that several of our nation's leaders were unwilling to deal with the small annoyance of a mask for a few hours," she wrote.
Schneider told NBC Chicago that he didn't know if he contracted COVID-19 in the Capitol building or elsewhere, but also criticized the actions of his colleagues.
"I know that my exposure in that room was greater than any other time through this entire pandemic," he said, later adding, "I can't blame any one person, but I can condemn the acts of those people, who refuse to put on their masks and just out of courtesy try to keep everyone around them safe or as safe as possible."