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Democracy in Crisis: Amid Comey chaos, lessons from the history of America's secret police

Democracy in Crisis: Amid Comey chaos, lessons from the history of America's secret police

Hundreds of people lined up in the marble hallways of a Senate office building, hoping to get one of the 88 public seats in Room 216, where James Comey, the FBI director Trump fired over the Russia investigation, was scheduled to testify at 10 a.m. That was at 8:30 a.m. More came. Some of the people waiting in the winding line said they arrived at 4:00 a.m. Bars were opening early and, for once, it seemed like reporters and senators were the only people in Washington not day-drinking. But it was serious shit.

Comey said that Trump asked him for loyalty. It freaked the then-director out—because if the FBI is not independent of political factions, it becomes a...

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