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Opinion: What Biden and Pelosi can learn from a 1941-1942 presidential commission

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 05: U.S. President Joe Biden (L) meets with House Democratic leaders, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (R), and committee chairs to discuss the coronavirus relief legislation in the Oval Office at the White House February 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. In an effort to generate bipartisan support for his legislation, Biden met earlier in the week with Republican and Democratic senators to discuss his administration???s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Thomas Balcerski writes that as congressional Democrats pursue a commission into the Capitol riots, they should adopt the best practices of the 1941-1942 Roberts Commission, while taking steps to avoid its pitfalls.

Given the highly polarized times that we face, Americans need an independent commission in order to learn the truth about the January 6 attack and, more importantly, to prevent a recurrence of the tragic events of that day.

But as lawmakers on Capitol Hill weigh their options, the history of the Commission to Investigate and Report the Facts Relating to the Attack made by Japanese Armed Forces upon Pearl Harbor, commonly referred to as the Roberts Commission, cannot be overlooked.

Following the terrorist attacks on 9/11, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman invoked its example: "We need another Roberts Commission," he said.

In addition to Roberts, the commission consisted of top military brass: from the Navy, Admiral William H.

The Roberts Commission's report was released on January 25, 1942.

The Roberts Commission was by no means the final word on the attacks on Pearl Harbor either.

The controversy over who to blame for the attacks also did not stop with the Roberts Commission though.

The current plan to create an 11-person committee, with the chair appointed by President Joe Biden, brings a bipartisan approach to the issue, while the goal of a final draft by the end of 2021 fits within the best practices established by the Roberts Commission.

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