What the decision to fire Comey wasn’t


Trump is in a panic.

It will take weeks, months, maybe even years to unravel the tangled mess President Trump has created by firing FBI Director James Comey. Comey did make mistakes in the Clinton email investigation. No one is denying that. However, it is important to note that he had been praised by both Trump and Sessions for at least some of the mistakes he made. It is a reasonable assumption, given this administrations propensity to use alternative facts and steer clear of the truth, that Comey was fired because of his investigation into the possible collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. Let’s not forget that Comey is close personal friends with one of Trump’s closest allies, Rudy Giuliani. The fact that Giuliani has kept his distance from the Trump administration since the election may hint at just where Comey was headed in his investigation of the Russian’s interference in the presidential election. Giuliani was one of Trump’s most vocal advocates during the campaign. Since then, he has fallen silent. It is rational to suspect that his sources inside the FBI have advised him to stay away. For the record, that is pure speculation, and shouldn’t be repeated as fact. But I include it here to illustrate a point. Trump’s instability leaves the door open to even the most outrageous of rumors to be true. Regardless of what you think of Session’s push to fire Comey, the fact that Trump took his Attorney General’s advice has caused a significant lack of faith in the White House’s ability to lead this country. This has ramifications that could hurt the United States internationally and may wreak at least temporary havoc on the markets.

Despite White House claims, the one thing this decision was not was decisive. How could it have been? The reason, they say, they fired Comey is because of his mishandling of the Clinton email investigation. That ended in 2016. Since then, Trump announced Comey would stay on and finish his term as director of the FBI.  Taking six months to come to a decision to fire someone is in no way decisive, especially considering Trump expressed confidence in Comey shortly after taking office. This has all the earmarks of panicked decision. Given the timing of the dismissal, it appears to have everything to do Comey’s Russian probe and nothing to do with the Clinton emails.

Trump’s public behavior suggests that he is suffering from severe paranoia, and he’s making decisions out of a sense of self-preservation. We know from history that this leads to dangerous recklessness. At the very least, Trump is putting our democracy is at risk. If the worst should happen, a cover up of unprecedented proportions may lead to horrendous consequences that endangers us all. What do I mean? Ask yourself, how would you distract a nation from acts of treason?

Still, we shouldn’t officially find Trump guilty of violating the Constitution and selling out our country without evidence. As an American, he is entitled to his day in court. But, he must stop fighting the probe and start cooperating. It is time for the GOP leadership to step up and work with the Democrats to assign a special prosecutor to take over the Russian probe. Trump is now political poison and the party of Lincoln stands by him at their own peril.


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