All things considered, the best way forward in our separation-of-powers system is suggested by our basic structure of government. It’s time for the Article I branch — the legislature — to step up and carry on more effectively its historic role of truth-seeking oversight. Specifically, it’s time to consider the appointment of a bipartisan Select Committee, preferably in the Senate, with highly experienced, respected members chosen by the majority and minority leaders. This is the Watergate model. The Select Committee’s mandate would be broad — to examine all issues relating to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and to open the hearings to the fullest extent practicable.
History shows the wisdom of repairing to the institutions ordained at the American Founding. The Watergate Select Committee uncovered the Nixon tapes; during the Clinton years, a House committee uncovered the FBI files scandal. To amend Alexander Hamilton’s insight about the executive branch, at this time in our history the country needs “energy in the Congress.” Of course, it’s harder to imagine pulling this off in these hyperpartisan times. But that’s our system. We should use it.