As to the Comey hearing, similar to the Nuland hearing there was a good bit of posturing and some grandstanding (Cruz) but here's an exchange that warrants some illumination..
words, what Comey objected to during the Ashcroft hospital drama was
neither the TSP nor the NSA metadata program, but something still
classified. Interesting. Nobody brought up Comey's role in selecting
Patrick Fitzgerald to go after Scooter Libby and by extension, Cheney (Senator Sessions did remind the panel that he was behind the Martha Stewart prosecution)
but several GOP Senators did press him as to whether he would continue
to speak truth to power as a member of the Obama administration about
various and sundry issues, such as surveillance or going after the IRS
for politically targeting conservatives. His affirmative answers are on the record for posterity.
the way, Senator Schumer actually used the phrase "profiles in courage"
when addressing Comey's last testimony in front of Congress during the
Bush years, which made him a sort of folk hero for the left. This is a
screen shot of Comey's reaction...
For what it's worth, both Comey and Nuland
appear to be extremely capable individuals who should serve the nation well. Both
had to tip-toe through sensitive political minefields in their duties but neither appear
to be overly partisan. Of course, appearances can be deceiving, so we'll see.