PEARL HARBOR: The Blowoff

The Pearl Harbor Committee's mild, punctilious Counsel William DeWitt Mitchell, who served ably and loyally under Republican Presidents Hoover and Coolidge, could no longer hide his impatience. In quiet anger, he announced that he and his assistants would quit their thankless jobs at year's end.

Said William Mitchell: "It has become increasingly apparent that some members of the committee have a different view than that entertained by counsel, either as to the scope of the inquiry or as to what is pertinent evidence. . . . There remain at least 60 witnesses to be examined. . . . At the...

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