Wednesday, May 10, 2017
One of the most astounding features of FBI Director's James Comey's firings—besides the news itself—was the White House coordination surrounding. The roll out included quotes from Donald Trump, the press secretary Sean Spicer, and a White House press statement. As NYT reporter Michael Schmidt noted, it's clearly been in the works for a while.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions eventually found his hook—Comey's false testimony last week about Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abbdin's emails.
There's even a paper trail before Trump took action: A letter from Sessions (now recused from the investigation) to the president stating "a fresh start is needed at the leadership of the FBI."
And then there's the supporting memo from Trump appointee and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, now technically overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation, quoting both former Democratic and Republican officials alike calling Comey's actions into question.
C'mon, now. Something ain't right here. This is a White House that not only can't walk and chew gum at the same time—it gets the gum stuck on the bottom of its shoe, trips on the way to the bathroom, and stumbles head first into the commode. It’s the same team that invited House Intelligence chair Devin Nunes over to the White House for a little CYA on Trump's false "wire tapp" claims, only to have it blow up in their face and take down Nunes along the way.
The Trump-Russia investigation under Comey, whatever we may think of him, appears to have uniquely focused the Trump administration. Now, Sessions—the guy who recused himself from those investigations for lying about his Russia contacts—seems to have built a methodical case for firing the guy who was in charge of those investigations.
To state the obvious, nothing about that chain of events inspires confidence.
My Comment: This investigation of Trump's tie to Russia is NOT going away and the less than intelligent Trump has done something that is going to bite him in the posterior ultimately. There is breaking news on CNN that grand jury subpoenas were issued before the Comey firing. Trump has hurt himself more than anyone else as the Trump administration's link to Russia and not the handling of Hillary Clinton email is the binding tie that will hang Trump. He could not have given a rat's petuti about Comey's investigation of Clinton and even praised Comey when he revealed a week before the election the Clinton email investigation was going to be reopened. His words in one of his cheer leading forums even urged Russia to hack Clinton's email adding salt to this festering treasonous infected wound.
Trump is a bumbling mendacious malevolent idiot who does not have a clue what he is doing. I will eat those subpoenas if this does not blow up in his ugly orange face! As Rachel would say: "Watch this space!"
Thomas Paine famously wrote in 1776: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. “