Strengthening the ‘guardrails’ of good governance


Lest we forget, we still have the important task in America of strengthening the “guardrails” of good governance. One of the most important guardrails is the independence and integrity of our system for investigating and holding our leaders accountable for official misconduct. They held last time; will they do so again? 

The firings of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and several agency inspectors general during the last administration cannot be forgotten just because the threat to their successors’ independence has passed with a new administration. We cannot forget Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, who first alerted Congress to a whistleblower complaint that led to the former president’s first impeachment trial, and the State Department’s Steve Linick for investigating complaints that former Secretary of State Mike…

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