TRY to follow each new allegation about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and it is easy to feel like a child in a fairy tale, lost in the wild woods. Alas, a dramatic hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8th, involving the sacked FBI director James Comey, risked leaving Americans feeling further from the sunlight than ever, and deeper in a tangled labyrinth of thickets, snares and false trails.
The players in the Senate hearing room are not to blame. Mr Comey was at once grave but emotional in a very human way, scrupulously non-partisan and often self-deprecating—the very model of a witness. Many of the senators quizzing him, notably the Republican chairman of the intelligence committee, Richard Burr of North Carolina and the panel’s top Democrat, Mark Warner of Virginia, asked crisp, relevant questions with little trace of partisan bias. If every hearing on Capitol Hill was as impressive, Congress would see its approval ratings soar (mathematically, they can hardly fall…Continue reading