Trump Fires Comey…

Are Trump’s true motives obvious on this? or is it just me?

WASHINGTON – President Trump has fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the White House said on Tuesday.

Mr. Comey’s dismissal was a stunning development for a president that benefited from the F.B.I. investigation of the Democratic nominee during the 2016 campaign. Separately, the F.B.I. also is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election.

The abrupt firing raised questions over whether Mr. Trump was trying to influence the Russia investigation. But he said he was following recommendations from the Justice Department, which criticized how Mr. Comey concluded the investigation into Mrs. Clinton.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau”, Mr. Trump said in a letter dated Tuesday to Mr. Comey.

Mr. Comey broke with longstanding tradition and policies by publicly discussing the Clinton case last July and chastising her “careless” handling of classified information. Then, in the campaign’s final days, Mr. Comey announced that the F.B.I. was reopening the investigation, a move that earned him widespread criticism.

Yet many of the facts cited as evidence for Mr. Comey’s dismissal were well known when Mr. Trump decided to keep him on the job. Mr. Comey was three years in to a 10-year term.

“It is essential that we find new leadership for the F.B.I. that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” Mr. Trump wrote.

In the final days of the campaign, Mr. Trump said that it “took guts” for Mr. Comey to reopen the Clinton investigation. “What he did brought back his reputation,” Mr. Trump said. Those very actions are now at the heart of Mr. Comey’s firing.

Full New York Times article BELOW THE FOLD.

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Les Carpenter

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11 thoughts on “Trump Fires Comey…”

  1. Was Comey fired because he failed to prosecute Hillary in the absence of any evidence that warranted doing so — or because he’s been pursuing the Russia investigation more assiduously than Trump likes? Either way, it’s scandalous. I don’t know which is worse, a President who uses the legal system to persecute his political opponents or one who thinks he’s above the law and should be immune to investigation for possible crimes.

    History will judge the Republican party by how it responds to this — with more blind partisanship, or by finally acting against Trump’s outrageous abuses of power.

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    1. As we all hope for the latter.

      Perhaps when republicans begin to realize their own political fortunes may depend on their response to this they will one by one decide to do the right thing.

      But I won’t hold my breath.

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  2. “As Donald Trump met with Russian officials Wednesday in the Oval Office following his dismissal of FBI director James Comey, the media was let in—the Russian media that is.

    MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell reported that TASS, a Russian news agency, was allowed into that meeting for pictures of Trump, Russian Ambassador Surgey Kislyak, and Russian Foreign Minister Surgey Lavrov. Thus, this hearty grip and grin between Trump and Ambassador Kislyak, shared on the Russian Embassy’s Twitter feed.”

    I have never witnessed an American president who favored a foreign country and its press corps over his own, and yet that’s what Trump did today. Russian media was allowed in on meeting with Russian Amb. Kislyak, and the American media was kept out. Trump keeps calling the American media the “enemy of the people.” His actions today show his allegiance is to Russia and not the United States.

    If President Obama had done anything like this the right wing media and blogs would have blood coming out of their eyes. Why do they tolerate this from Trump?

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