There are a number of reasons that the approval rating for Congress is at an all-time low. So it should not surprise anyone when Congress provides Americans with another one.
The latest involves the emergency hearing of FBI Director James Comey after he recommended not to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. Republicans continue to misuse congressional hearings to influence the November election. Consider these facts: the Republican-controlled Congress held no committee hearings following the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people or the 1988 embassy bombing, 224 dead; one after the Boston marathon bombing, three dead; and two each after the USS Cole, 17 servicemen dead; Khobar Tower, 19 servicemen dead, and 9/11, 2,996 dead, including 125 at the Pentagon.
Six separate attacks resulting in 3,427 deaths produces seven committees, but there are eight separate committees on Benghazi, which resulted in four deaths.
Why the disparity? The same reason for the congressional hearing with the FBI director: Clinton.
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The Republican idea of justice is outcomes that produce political advantage; anything else means the system’s rigged. The problem with this phony Republican self-righteousness, besides the lack of subtlety, is it is as crass as their presidential nominee.
James F. Wisniewski