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Cover-Up Attempt By Trump In Firing FBI Director Comey Means Special Prosecutor Needed For Russia Investigation!

May 9, 2017

I suspect that some readers think there are too many references made to Richard Nixon on my blog.  It is not only that Nixon was a most interesting man or complicated president that he is often mentioned.  Too often, and sadly, some of Nixon’s darker instincts surface with the mimicking of his actions by current leaders in our nation.  Such as today.

It was as if President Trump stole an entire chapter from Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre this afternoon by firing FBI Director James Comey.  The now former director had been overseeing the investigation of ties between Russia and people close to Trump.

Let me make a very valid point and state that while this type of underhanded action might be acceptable in places where democracy has not yet been planted what happened today is not normal to our country.  It is most shameful.

To confuse and send up smoke Trump released a package of memos indicating that he dumped Comey over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.  But this makes no sense. Recall that Trump had praised Comey, saying “it took a lot of guts” for him to raise new questions about Clinton in the campaign’s October home stretch. Clinton has blamed Comey for her loss, and there is no way for Trump to think that move by Comey did not aid his election victory.  Had there been a need to fire Comey over such actions it would have happened much sooner.

As Caffeinated Politics has stressed before–and certainly can claim with much foundation in light of this news today–there is no question now about the need for a special prosecutor to look into Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

As I watched as the news exploded today it was noted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommended Comey’s firing, even though Sessions recused himself from matters related to the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.  So exactly what are all the players doing in the trenches of the White House to make sure that the Russian investigation is slowed or throttled?  The timing of all this is most troubling–and telling!

Is Trump trying to protect himself and his friends and cronies from criminal charges?  It was only yesterday that Acting Attorney General Sally Yates gave what can only be described as devastating testimony when she told of her warning to Trump’s transition team that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s connections to Russians were highly problematic. Let me state that I have every reason to suspect that what happened today was, in part, an attempt to remove that story being the narrative of the week.

But what they have created is far worse.  What has happened now will force many a Republican to want a special prosecutor, too.

I get it that any president can fire an FBI director. This is not the first time such a thing has happened–but it is a most rare occurrence.  An FBI director is appointed for 10-year terms to insulate that person from politics of the kind that played out today. They should not be fired for anything less than gross incompetence or malfeasance. And they certainly should not be dumped by a president whose aides are the focus of an investigation!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2017 11:48 PM

    Just a minute. There is no way that anyone would fire the head of the FBI over the testimony matter this week. If there was reason about election related matters that should have been done at the start of this WH and the praise from Trump not forthcoming. The calling for his head from partisans is one thing, but to remove the person who is at the head of the investigation by the one doing the firing and being investigated is another. This is a most troubling event and will have consequences for this administration.

  2. pattilynn9 permalink
    May 9, 2017 8:59 PM

    I was very unimpressed by James Comey’s inaccurate testimony RE: Huma Abedin and the infamous e-mails. The FBI had to issue a correction today. Frankly, Comey’s mishandled several situations…both prior to the election and after. Dems have cried out for his head for months, now that he’s gone, they take the other side. All Politics!

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