And I suspect hardly anybody noticed.
Trump, the Russians, possible collusion in election sabotage, Hillary’s emails (again) and even a elder senator’s puzzling behavior will all make the news.
But this is Big History.
The FBI appears to have finally acknowledged that its iconic namesake J. Edgar Hoover was a creepy, evil bastard.
That’s right. In his testimony Comey brought up on old habit of J. Edgar: blackmailing presidents with dirt the bureau had on their personal lives.
Comey talks about the alleged dirty dossier on Trump and then brings up “being in a kind of Jay Hoover type situation.”
From the transcript, by way of Politico, of Comey’s testimony:
“I didn’t use the term counterintelligence. I was briefing him about salacious and unverified material. It was in a context of that that he had a strong and defensive reaction about that not being true. My reading of it was it was important for me to assure him we were not personally investigating him. So the context then was actually narrower, focused on what I just talked to him about. It was very important because it was, first, true, and second, I was worried very much about being in kind of a Jay Hoover type situation. I didn’t want him thinking I was briefing him on this to sort of hang it over him in some way. I was briefing him on it because, because we had been told by the media it was about to launch. We didn’t want to be keeping that from him. He needed to know this was being said. I was very keen not to leave him with an impression that the bureau was trying to do something to him. So that’s the context in which I said, sir, we’re not personally investigating you.”
Sure, under Hoover, the FBI assassinated Black Panthers, destroyed the lives of countless people simply advocating their First Amendment rights and even encouraged The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to commit suicide.
But, finally, the FBI has acknowledged at least one of his criminal behaviors.
It’s a start.
Now, if we could just rename the FBI headquarters building.