Recent news indicates GOP hysteria over witnesses testifying behind closed doors where only bipartisan members of the committees are allowed to attend. They are reminded that secrecy of the testimony is important.
It reminds me of Trey Gowdy who headed up the Benghazi investigations, which lasted for more than two years. He went to great lengths to express how critical it was to have witnesses give testimony behind closed doors as a way to get better and more honest testimony.
His point was that future witnesses could not have the advantage of knowing the testimony of earlier witnesses, which could affect their testimony. It makes good sense then and now. After more than two years and many hearings, no indictments resulted from the Benghazi investigations of any wrongdoing.
I am also reminded of the just released Justice Department investigation into the Hillary Clinton emails after almost four years. The result was that there were no systemic problems, but about two dozen federal employees will have negative comments placed into their official records for having sent unmarked classified information to the Clinton email server.
The lesson learned is that untrue conspiracy theories can be very effective especially when they involved a presidential election. Who can ever forget the "lock her up" chant?
John Houle, Lakeland