Well, maybe. But here's what the Democrats themselves had to say about the hearings:
One of the most unfortunate aspects of this entire investigation was the decision by the Majority to unilaterally reverse its pledge to the Minority that the Minority would be afforded three hearing days in October or November, 1997. The Minority was prepared to use the promised hearing days to educate the American people about Triad.Hmmm. Triad. Wuzzat? And why was Thompson so eager to prevent the Dems from taking testimony about it? Media Matters has more.