In case you missed it, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director, James Comey yesterday in a move that basically was surprising to most, and shocking to a lot. Comey was fired after several controversial acts, including a couple of Hillary Clinton investigations that she says (though no one else does) cost her the presidency last November. Comey also had been looking into Russian tampering in the election, and ties in the Trump administration. The administration felt that those issues boxed out Comey from being able to do a credible job.
Trust and political decisions have been at the heart of the decision. The administration apparently didn’t feel that Comey had been a credible head of the nation’s police force. Comey came under fire for taking a very public lead after former president Bill Clinton had met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a tarmac in Phoenix. While both Clinton and Lynch stated that they meeting had more to do with talking about grandchildren than Hillary’s legal problems, it did nothing to quell the right’s feeling that Lynch should have recused herself in the case, even though she said there was no reason to do it.
Now, the question is, was Trump right? Well, this isn’t an episode of The Apprentice, and Donald Trump could have been a lot classier and done it in a lot better way than he did. Was he right in firing Comey? The whole thing boils down to the fact that Comey has always been viewed as someone that doesn’t play politics, but plays it down the middle. But apparently parties on both sides have come down on the side that Comey had overstayed his welcome, and it was time for him to go.
As firings go, this isn’t something that basically happened overnight. This has been in the hopper for quite a while. You have to ask why Trump would fire Comey if indeed, the FBI’s involvement in the Clinton scandals actually gave Trump the election, as Hillary claimed. I don’t think that has anything to do with it. And, I don’t think it has anything to do with Trump’s Russian involvement situation. I think it was bound to happen regardless whomever got elected. Comey was dead man walking.
Democrats were quick to say that Comey was fired because he was too close to finding information against Trump…citing Watergate era firings that Richard Nixon pulled. And that’s sad because Dems don’t have any idea what they are talking about.
In the end analysis, Comey’s firing was something that Democrats called for after the election…and Republicans were calling for his firing after the Russian tampering investigation. The funny thing is that there was a crisis in confidence that was brought on by the last administration, the last Attorney General, and the FBI Director could very well have been in the cross hairs since last summer.
Win, lose, or draw, this will be argued for a very long time. Democrats are going to demand investigations into Comey’s actions. Republicans are going to try and move forward, and get this past them. The FBI will continue, with a new leader, certainly, but to say that James Comey leaving the FBI will ruin the FBI is, as they say…poo poo caca.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!