When Congressional Hearings become Overtly Political

By Walter Pincus

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics that ranged from nuclear weapons to politics. He is the author of Blown to Hell: America's Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders. Pincus won an Emmy in 1981 and was the recipient of the Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy in 2010.  He was also a team member for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 and the George Polk Award in 1978.  

OPINION — On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on an authorization for Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to issue subpoenas to 53 individuals, most of them connected to the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation.

Among other things, Graham’s panel will look into how the FBI got into its probe of the Trump 2016 campaign’s alleged cooperation with Russians, the Mueller investigation, the prosecution of Michael Flynn and even the 2016 decision not to seek an indictment of Hillary Clinton for using a private server for emails while serving as Secretary of State.

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