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Claire Leavitt

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Grinnell College


Is Congress on a witch hunt? 5 ways to judge whether oversight hearings are legitimate or politicized

Both Democrats and Republicans have consistently maintained that holding institutions accountable via rigorous oversight is among the most important functions of the legislature, but investigative work can be influenced by partisan considerations.


Congress Investigates Presidents, the Military, Baseball and Whatever It Wants – a Brief Modern History of Oversight

The House GOP has announced a slew of investigations, including a review of the conduct of the Department of Justice and its investigations of Donald Trump.


Jan. 6 Committee’s Fact-Finding and Bipartisanship Will Lead to An Impact in Coming Decades, if not Tomorrow

A lot of facts have come forward through the efforts of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol. What will its efforts mean to the U.S.?


How a Public Hearing Is Different from An Investigation – and What that Means for the Jan. 6 Committee

On the eve of public hearings held by Congress’ January 6 investigative committee, a former oversight staffer for the House of Representatives explains what such hearings aim to accomplish.