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Lindsey Graham of SC was among lawmakers in support, telling Fox News that "we need a 9/11 commission to find out what happened and make sure it never happens again".

Hours after the Senate's verdict, the Louisiana Republican Party voted to censure Cassidy.

"President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office", Mr McConnell told the chamber.

More than a month after the attack that left five dead as pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and sought to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden's victory as president, the Capitol complex remains guarded by more than 5,000 National Guard troops and ringed with eight-foot fences rimmed with razor wire.

Cassidy was one of the seven Republicans who joined Democrats voting in favor of Trump's conviction. "It will look different", she said at the time. The Senate verdict Saturday, with its 57-43 majority falling 10 votes short of the two-thirds needed to convict Trump, hardly put to rest the debate about the Republican former president's culpability for the January 6 assault. Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator from SC and a staunch Trump ally, said the probe would be needed to better protect the Capitol from future intrusions.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing in all of these cases.

In a letter to her Democratic colleagues in the House, Pelosi also promised to move forward in coming weeks with emergency funding legislation "for the safety of members and the security of the Capitol" after consulting with retired Gen. Russel L. Honoré, whom she had asked to examine security on Capitol Hill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestures during a new conference
Nancy Pelosi says investigations are needed to get to the truth of how the riots happened

Last week's impeachment trial in the Senate made clear the extent of evidence about Trump's role in the violence that remains unrevealed.

"It was powerful to hear the 57 guilties and then it was puzzling to hear and see Mitch McConnell stand and say "not guilty" and then, minutes later, stand again and say he was guilty of everything", said Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa.

According to Fox News, the letter references a security decision made on January 4 that the National Guard should not be called in pre-emptively because of concerns about the "optics" of such a thing.

Pelosi has previously called for such an outside commission, which would exclude current House and Senate members and be patterned after the bipartisan panel created by Congress to investigate the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Mr Trump survived his second impeachment trial - the only president to face the process twice - on Saturday, after Democrat prosecutors failed to secure the two-thirds majority needed to convict him.

The Republicans, in their letter to Mrs. Pelosi on Monday, said ousted Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund had asked for National Guard assistance on January 4 but it was denied.

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