How Congressional Democrats Could Screw Up Their Trump Investigations

Investigators need to avoid getting lost in the details

Congressional investigations are inherently theatrical. But political science experts told me that Democrats shouldn’t expect to win over the public by simply producing new facts — instead, they need to contextualize whatever information they find within a simple, compelling story.

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“The danger is that if you make it sound like it’s 40 disconnected issues, people lose track and tune out.”

This means that if Democrats begin questioning Whitaker on Friday, they may have more success if they can use their questions to hammer broad, overarching themes, rather than to focus on details.

For all the complaints about political theater in this country, it’s frightening that the advice given here is “ignore facts, focus on themes.”

Yes, yes, if the entire Mueller probe could be turned into a 90 minute action-packed movie that might convince more people to pay attention. But no! Not good! The facts, the minutiae, the details matter.

How Congressional Democrats Could Screw Up Their Trump Investigations