In a call for more bipartisanship, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., broke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., coming out to support equal representation on a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.
"I think it's important that we have a balanced Jan. 6 commission," Coons told CNN's "New Day" on Thursday.
"The leaders of the 9/11 Commission have said part of why it was so successful was that it was even, it was balanced, and it was led by folks who were well-respected and well-regarded, who had a reputation for working across the aisle."
Pelosi's proposal for the independent commission to "investigate and report on the facts and causes" of the Jan. 6 "domestic terrorist attack" had a Democrat majority — seven Democrat appointees and four GOP appointees. The members would be non-elected officials outside of Congress.
Coons added to CNN they should be "folks who are not politically motivated in how they get to the bottom of this."
"This is important; it's one of the key ways of how we come together as a country," he told CNN. "Joe Biden ran on unifying our nation and to unify our nation. We have to lay bare the ways in which we just haven't believed each other.
"Joe Biden was legitimately elected president of the United States, and we need to help the American people accept that fact."
Coons did reject "this baseless theory that [former President Donald] Trump won the election."
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