I've seen so many congressional investigations over the years, and generally they all feel pointless to me.
In particular, every case the news talks about the investigation for a little while, you hear about questions and answers made, but ultimately at its conclusion it seems no substantial new information was revealed and no action comes about as a result of the investigation. At most the investigative body makes 'recommendations' that are then promptly ignored and forgotten without any lasting impact.
As I see it, the main reason for these investigations is not hopes of some actionable results occurring but politics. It's an attempt to be seen as doing something in cases that the investigation is bipartisan. More often though it's primarily an attempt to keep the media, and thus the general populations, attention on an alleged wrongdoing of the opposite political party to make them look worse and hopefully hurt their votes. In other words, it's political theater and nothing more.
So can anyone convince me that congressional investigations are more then just politics? Can you point to real actionable results that came from investigations? And by results I mean more than a forgotten report. How often can real results come out of these investigations, outside of the political ones I allege of the real motivation for such investigations?
Please note I'm not asking about any single investigation; I'm talking about trends I've seen across decades. Please don't start fighting over any specific politically charged investigations justification. I'm more interested in total historical trends and the likely results of any theoretical future investigation leading to results than people fighting over whether or not they support a specific investigation.