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Eli Lake

Comey Is Now the Most Powerful Person in Washington

This is no way to run a country. And the Russians are not to blame.
He controls the Trump administration's fate.

He controls the Trump administration's fate.

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

One of the most important things we learned Monday from the House Intelligence Committee hearings on Russian influence of the 2016 elections was that the hackers may have wanted to get caught. FBI director James Comey said Russia's cyber intruders were "unusually loud," as though they "wanted us to see what they were doing."

That's counterintuitive. The Russians have officially denied taking active measures in the 2016 election. They have complained that the toxic environment in Washington has scuttled any chance for a reset in the relationship with the U.S. So if Kremlin proxies were meddling in the U.S., why would they want us to know?