This is not a hard and fast rule, however. It’s only a 90% rule. Most all the lawyers think the best way to survive is to wrap yourself in a cloak of invisibility. They are sometimes wrong about this, you’ll have to judge it yourself, and don’t hesitate to argue it out with them. My lawyer–Jim Woolsey, who was later director of central intelligence, and has been a great success at everything he ever did–wanted me to clam up. I thought that was wrong, and I convinced him. He and his colleagues told me what I could say and what I couldn’t, and I not only went on television shows and answered journalists’ questions, I demanded to testify. The investigators refused. Apparently they thought that anyone so eager to testify must be dangerous to their mission.
So it can be your call. But the lawyers generally know best.
Then there’s the question of daily life. If you’re like me, there is grave danger in watching news broadcasts; I was at risk of bursting a vessel. So I stopped watching the news–which was invariably wrong about anything I knew first hand–and all the talk shows. That proved beneficial in the long run, and I haven’t watched any of those shows since 1987. It turns out that if anything important happens, you’ll hear about it anyway; you don’t have to see it then and there.
I got a lot of comfort from Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry movies, especially when he said “go ahead, make my day,” and I imagined him saying it to the prosecutors. You can get the DVDs, and no doubt there are contemporary shows and movies that will produce the same catharsis. Comedy is also good. Mel Brooks is very good. Some people like Monty Python, or the Marx Brothers. Whatever makes you laugh…
Above all, keep reminding yourself that it will pass, and if the investigations are reasonably thorough, you’ll survive. The scandals that are most dangerous to the innocent are short, a few slanderous stories and then poof! Written forever into your bio at Wikipedia. These scandals look like they may have a fairly long run, which will be good for you.
There you go. No charge. Welcome to the community of the politically afflicted. It’s a great learning moment, and once you’re cleared, you acquire a sort of immunity. The investigators will figure there’s no future in targeting you, when there are always so many potential victims. So get through it and start drawing your benefits.