WASHINGTON — Democrats and anti-Republicans bid to impeach former President Donald Trump and keep him from running again in 2024 failed to get the two-thirds majority needed in the U.S. Senate. But reactions and changes in response to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot could result in long-term security and military footprints in Washington and a broadening of police and domestic surveillance powers to go after white supremacist and alt-right groups deemed insurrectionist
Security fencing and thousands of troops remain in Washington after the 26,000-troop buildup for President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Those deployments have included state police and National Guard troops from Maryland.
There are also pushes short- and long-term for congressional legislation or Biden administration actions for more surveillance of right-wing groups deemed as domestic terrorists.
That could include a so-called domestic or second Patriot Act — referring to the post 9/11 security act passed by Congress to broaden federal police and surveillance powers related to Islamic militants.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is also launching a 9/11-style independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 unrest.
Pelosi calls the Jan. 6 riot a “domestic terrorist attack” in a letter to Democratic lawmakers.
“It is clear from his findings and from the impeachment trial that we must get to the truth of how this happened. To protect our security, our security, our security, our next step will be to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission to “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex… and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region,” Pelosi wrote in the letter this week.
Retired U.S. Army general Russel L. Honoré has been tapped by Pelosi and Democratic congressional leaders to investigate and come up with long-term security changes for the U.S. Capitol area.
But some conservatives are pointing to social media posts from Honoré that were very critical of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene, R-Georgia as well as other conservatives including Trump.
The retired general called for Hawley to be run out of Washington and for Greene to be placed in a “no-fly list”, according to social media posts.
Hawley and Greene were top backers of Trump’s objections to the 2020 Electoral College results and led objections to President Joe Biden’s victory on Jan. 6th.
Some conservatives — including U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc. – have raised concerns about the retired general’s politics and their potential impact on security reviews and recommendations.
Honoré has also called for potential new approaches to domestic surveillance and for more public reporting of those they think might be involved with white supremacist or insurrectionist groups.
“My note to the American people--see something, smell something, hear something, say something. Call 911, take a video, provide first aid, and run like hell,” Honoré said in a recent interview.
The former general is best known for leading military efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.