By Sarah D. Wire
“Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president at advocacy group Public Citizen, which is calling for an independent commission, described a commission report as a ‘repository for the centralized narrative.’ The public will only get snippets from warring congressional hearings and watchdog reports, she said, which are restricted by the limits of their jurisdiction and authority.”
“The Justice Department isn’t going to summarize evidence from hundreds of court cases into a coherent narrative for the public, Gilbert said. ‘Some of the facts have been uncovered and we probably don’t even know.'”
“Gilbert said a commission could nail down what happened, but multiple congressional committees, and their short hearings, might struggle to reconcile the facts.
‘The purpose of this is to actually follow the story and to have the time and the resources to take the next step’ if stories differ, Gilbert said. ‘That is the distinction.'”