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James Comey’s Testimony: the Circus and the Law of Congressional Investigations

Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony last month before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee garnered nearly 20 million television viewers, not counting those who watched at bars or restaurants or through online streaming. Indeed, it was the highest-profile congressional testimony in decades, touted as “Washington’s Super Bowl,” and rivaling the NBA finals in ratings. And no wonder, as the testimony certainly made for interesting TV. Comey discussed his interactions with President Trump, accusing him of spreading lies about the FBI and Comey himself, as well as attempting to impede and ultimately firing Comey over the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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