Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey because the short-term political stars aligned nearly perfectly in the president’s favor.
Comey is to blame for the circumstances.
In the Clinton email investigation Comey defied FBI investigative procedure when he revealed the results of one investigation or the fact that the other would be conducted.
In the email server case, FBI protocol was for the Department of Justice, not the FBI, to issue a statement.
In the Weiner investigation, protocol was to investigate and say nothing while doing so.
He failed to follow long held, time-tested investigative procedures, chiefly over concerns of how FBI actions might appear to others.
By doing so, he set in play his own demise.
Both during and after Comey’s revelations and right up to yesterday, prominent politicos, including Trump, have repeatedly been both for and against the former FBI director, bobbing like hyperactive yo-yos, taking advantage of the politics of the moment.
Last November, Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “I do not have confidence in him any longer.”
Yesterday, he criticized Trump for firing him.
And, Trump had this to say about Comey, “I was not his fan, but I’ll tell you what: What he did, he brought back his reputation. He brought it back.”
Which is it, guys?
The 800 lb. gorilla is the fact that Russia influenced the 2016 election and there is an incipient investigation to determine if Trump’s team colluded with them.
The Times reports that Mr. Trump said Monday on Twitter, “The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax…”
If Comey’s problem began with a propensity to overshare, he and Trump have much in common.
Trump should keep his mouth shut and ensure a thorough and independent investigation, including the prompt appointment of a special prosecutor.
After all, if he is innocent what does he have to fear?
We’ve been here before and a president firing Justice Department officials during an investigation in which he is a potential party is not a good place to be, politically or otherwise.
Even Richard Nixon waited a few years to get stupid.
Members of Congress, even friendlies, will quickly desert a president implicated in a cover-up.
And, the Federal Judiciary is not known for being especially supportive, either.
Republican members of Congress watch and squirm and the mid-term elections inch ever closer.
As Republican US Senator John McCain said last night, “I guarantee you there will be more shoes to drop, I can just guarantee it.”