In light of HPSCI Chairman Devin Nunes's behavior yesterday, it is worth briefly reviewing the need for the new select committee, as well as our arguments as to why a select committee has advantages over an independent bipartisan commission—the model preferred by many Trump critics.
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A few quick reactions to the HPSCI Chairman's press conferences and revelations today.
Video and liveblog of the House Intelligence Committee's much-anticipated open hearing on Russian active measures during the 2016 campaign.
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While Flynn's registration as a “foreign agent” under FARA does not mean he was targetable as a "foreign agent" under FISA, it does raise a series of important questions.
Amidst talk about the multitude of congressional investigations into the Russia Connection, an overview on Congress derives investigative authority, how it procedurally sets up committees and vests them with investigative authority, and the major investigative tools and enforcement mechanisms at its disposal.
While less grandiose than an independent commission, a select committee devoted to investigating the Russia Connection has the advantages both of being achievable and of having the right mix of tools for doing the job well.