Our president has yet to demonstrate that he is able to convey in any depth why he makes the choices he does. His responses are usually driven by sound bites rather than explanations or facts. And the few times he has done sit down interviews ... many if not most have reduced clarity (Mark Cuban, Billionaire businessman)
I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day. We are a large organization. We are 36,500 people across this country, across this globe. We have a diversity of opinions about many things, but I can confidently tell you that the majority, the vast majority, of FBI employees enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey (Andrew McCabe, Acting FBI Director)
I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all. I'm not going to spend time on the decision or the way it was executed. I hope you won't either. It is done, and I will be fine, although I will miss you and the mission deeply. In times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty and independence (James Comey, the outgoing FBI Director)
hese are Karma times in America: James Comey was one of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election. Today, neither Hillary Clinton nor James Comey has a job. James Comey somehow influenced the election of Trump as president, and was on the verge influencing his impeachment, before he was fired. And, even his sacking might still bring Trump down. In my article, on Saturday, January 14, 2017, I wrote that James Comey, the FBI director, affected the outcome of the election, because, there were allegations against Hillary Clinton and Trump, but the FBI investigated her while ignoring him, so, in other words, the FBI director was partial against Hillary. The 2016 United States' presidential election is unprecedented in history; very intriguing indeed, and we might not have seen the end of it all yet. New facts and information continue to emerge, and more might be on the way.
Trump's path to tyranny is unfolding, if to borrow the words from Prof. Synders. President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, May 9. Comey's firing came while he was leading an investigation into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russia and that country's interference in the 2016 US presidential election. It's the big news everywhere! Comey learned of the firing himself only after seeing the news on a television screen, while he was traveling for the bureau in Los Angeles, and was really surprised, and was caught flat-footed. According to Jimmy Kimmel, "This is the kind of thing that dictators do. Kimmel also noted that the officially stated reason for firing Comey was his mishandling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation, "Which is hilarious, because that would mean Trump fired James Comey for making him president."
The Former FBI Director, James Comey, was furious at the lack of respect the White House showed him in the way he was fired. According to ABC News, associates say he is simmering at some of the comments directed at him by White House staffers, who have used words like "atrocities" to describe his actions as director. One person close to the former director said that President Trump calling Comey a "showboat" and suggesting he is not "competent" has required Comey to show considerable restraint. Trump said this, about Comey, in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt on Thursday, May 11, "Look, he's a showboat. He's a grandstander. The FBI has been in turmoil. You know that. I know that. Everybody knows that." A source said they expect that at some point Comey will respond to Trump -- but it is uncertain when that would be.
Trump miscalculated by firing Comey, because he thought everybody would be clapping for him, but he got mainly the opposite, as that decision of his has created a firestorm. It's a disaster for Trump, and he shifts the blame to his spokesman, Sean Spicer, and according to Newsweek, as Trump sat in the White House dining room Tuesday, May 9, night and watched the backlash against his firing of FBI Director, James Comey, play out on cable news, he became "irate" noticing that "nobody was defending him," The Washington Post reports that there had been no media response planned, in part because Trump and his advisers did not expect a swift, forceful backlash to the decision.
Trump fired Comey, because the FBI Director was getting at something damning against Trump in his investigations; refused to pledge a blind loyalty to him; and was accused of "insubordination, because, he refused to preview his senate briefings with Trump or the attorney general. The mere mention of James Comey's names sends chills down Trump's spine. Because of his ugly past, Trump has been wary of Comey. Trump was hoping that the democrats will support him on this, but despite having been critical of Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Democrats argue that the firing of Comey, who was overseeing the Russia investigation, is an abuse of presidential power. Now there's a bipartisan anger to all these, as even some Republicans have joined the democrats to express concern over Comey firing, calling for special prosecutor to handle the alleged Trump's campaign ties to Russia, and Russia's meddling in the election.
The plan to sack Comey didn't start today, because Trump was looking for an FBI Director he can manipulate, but didn't find one in James Comey. It has been reported that in a private dinner, Trump demand loyalty, but Comey demurred. The NYT reports that only seven days after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president, the F.B.I. director was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with the new commander in chief. The conversation that night in January, Mr. Comey now believes, was a harbinger of his downfall this week, May 9, as head of the F.B.I., according to two people who have heard his account of the dinner. As they ate, the president and Mr. Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Mr. Trump's rallies. The president then turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him. Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge. Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not "reliable" in the conventional political sense.
Trump might have shot himself by this his action. He might have crossed the "red line", and according to The Hill, two former White House ethics lawyers, Richard Painter, a former White House ethics lawyer to President Bush, and Norm Eisen, a former White House ethics lawyer to President Obama, teamed up with Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, to pen an op-ed, on Thursday, May 11, ripping President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, calling it "worse than breaking a law." The NYT penned that some critics of President Trump have accused him of obstruction of justice in his firing of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, amid the bureau's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia.
The Vox noted that Trump reportedly turned against Comey after the director publicly confirmed that the FBI was investigating Trump campaign aides; and said there was no evidence supporting Trump's claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped him in the run-up to last year's election. According to reports from the New York Times, Politico, and others, the decision to fire Comey came from Trump himself several days ago. Trump was reportedly infuriated by continued attention to the FBI's investigation into potential ties between his presidential campaign and the Russian government, and had focused that anger toward Comey. Looking for scapegoat, The L.A. Times reported that Attorney General Sessions was tasked with concocting a reason to fire Comey.
The bottom line is that U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Attorney General Sessions gave President Trump what he wanted: a pretext for a decision to fire Comey for investigating Trump's campaign. Trump has fired all those investigating him: Before firing Comey, the former Deputy Attorney General, Sally Yates, and the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, were all fired after investigating Trump. The Vox continued that it's not, in other words, just a matter of people who were involved in investigations of Trump or his associates. It's about Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (fired without notice in April), and the director of the Census Bureau (who resigned Tuesday), and the dozens of other US attorneys fired without notice the same Friday afternoon that Bharara was.
Trump might have fired Comey to stop the investigation against him, but on the other hand, the firing will exacerbate it, as that has taken the odds on his impeachment to a higher level. According to Yahoo: Trump has repeatedly asked his advisers why the investigations - being conducted by the FBI, the House, and the Senate - would not go away, and sometimes screamed at the TV while watching stories about them, the aides reportedly said. The president has publicly called the Russia investigations "fake news" and a "witch hunt." The LA Times analysed, that by firing Comey, Trump may have fanned the flames he hoped to control. In firing FBI Director James B. Comey, President Trump may have hoped to bring the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election under control. Instead, as reaction in Washington spread on Wednesday, May 10, the move seemed to carry a large risk of making his troubles worse. Trump has both privately and publicly seethed for weeks about the investigation into whether anyone connected with his campaign had cooperated with Russian efforts to influence the election. He was angered further last week that Comey would not publicly back his claim that no evidence of collusion exists.
Donald Trump might have fired FBI director James Comey in order to stop an investigation which could have "potentially ruinous consequences for the administration," the New York Times has said in an editorial. The paper, according to Vox, said that by firing Mr. Comey, the President has cast doubt on further investigation into the Trump campaign's potential links to Russia, which could become "one of the biggest political scandals" in American history. The FBI director was fired over his handling of the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, the administration said. But the Times points out Mr. Trump praised Mr. Comey when he told Congress he was reopening the investigation into Ms Clinton's emails.
"Of course, if Mr. Trump truly believed, as he said in his letter of dismissal, that Mr. Comey had undermined 'public trust and confidence' in the agency, he could just as well have fired him on his first day in office," the editorial said." Mr. Comey was fired because he was leading an active investigation that could bring down a president. Though compromised by his own poor judgment, Mr. Comey's agency has been pursuing ties between the Russian government and Mr. Trump and his associates, with potentially ruinous consequences for the administration." The paper argued Mr. Comey's inquiry "was the only aggressive effort to get to the bottom of Russia's ties to the Trump campaign." It went on to call for the appointment of a special prosecutor to pursue the investigation. "This is a tense and uncertain time in the nation's history," the editorial said. "The president of the United States, who is no more above the law than any other citizen, has now decisively crippled the FBI's ability to carry out an investigation of him and his associates." There is no guarantee that Mr. Comey's replacement, who will be chosen by Mr. Trump, will continue that investigation; in fact, there are already hints to the contrary." "The obvious historical parallel to Mr. Trump's action was the so-called Saturday Night Massacre in October 1973, when President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of the special prosecutor investigating Watergate, prompting the principled resignations of the attorney general and his deputy."
It concludes: "But now, there is no special prosecutor in place to determine whether the public trust has been violated, and whether the presidency was effectively stolen by a hostile foreign power. For that reason, the country has reached an even more perilous moment."
This will never end well for Trump, no matter how hard he tries to cover things up.
Read more about this topic in the next part (Part 8) of my on-going serial: Presidents Buhari and Trump in Comparison :…..)