Well, yeah. There is that.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler held another spectacle of a hearing Tuesday as part of his impeachment dramaturgy. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testified to a thronged hearing room and was grilled on Russia interactions and Oval Office discussions. The day produced no new information, yet cable stations broadcast it live and newspapers ran breathless coverage.

A House Oversight subcommittee held its own hearing Wednesday. The room was almost empty; all but a few Democratic members didn’t even bother showing up. Apart from Fox News and a few conservative publications, news organizations ignored it. The featured—and substantive—witness: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

This is today’s Washington: theater upstaging truth. The headlines go to a long debunked collusion” and obstruction” narrative that liberal and media partisans refuse to quit. A press blackout is meanwhile imposed on those investigators—including Mr. Horowitz—who have rooted out gross misconduct by the officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who first spun that narrative.

Kimberley A. Strassel, Mr. Horowitz Speaks

I tend not to get too worked up about this, but that’s almost certainly because (in my opinion) Donald Trump represented and represents a kind of singularity: I can easily put myself in the shoes of McCabe or Mr. Comey.

But I cannot gainsay Mr. Horowitz this point:

Our concern,” Mr. Horowitz said, was empowering the FBI director, or frankly any FBI employee or other law-enforcement official, with the authority to decide that they’re not going to follow established norms and procedures because in their view they’ve made a judgment that the individuals they are dealing with can’t be trusted.”

Horowitz avoided sound-bites, so Strassel translates:

Mr. Comey wasn’t entitled to leak sensitive FBI information simply because he didn’t like Donald Trump.

Well, yeah. There is that.

September 20, 2019

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