More on Comey’s firing

President Donald Trump controversially fired FBI director James Comey yesterday – see Comey termination.

There’s been many concerns about how Comey has handled a number of things, particularly investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails, his intervention and then withdrawal just before last November’s election, investigations into alleged collusion between people involved with Trump’s campaign and Russians, and a leak plagued FBI.

It’s ironic that Trump praised Comey strongly during his campaign but a key justification for his sacking is his handling of Clinton’s email investigations last year.

Many questions have been raised about the timing of this sacking, as they should be.

In his ‘you’re fired’ letter to Comey Trump said:

“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”

Two things will be critical if public trust and confidence is to be restored.

First and foremost, the new director of the FBI will need to be seen as non-partisan and independent, so who is appointed to the job will be critical if confidence is going to be restored.

Second, the ongoing investigation into Russian collusion with Trump associates and with his campaign must continue, and must be done independently of the FBI director appointed by Trump.

Otherwise a dysfunctional looking FBI will become a farce, and Trump’s presidency will have serious credibility problems of it’s own to deal with, and potentially legal and constitutional problems.

Some of the wide range of coverage:

Wall Street Journal: Comey’s Deserved Dismissal

President Trump fired James Comey late Tuesday, and better now than never. These columns opposed Mr. Comey’s nomination by Barack Obama, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director has committed more than enough mistakes in the last year to be dismissed for cause.

The Daily Beast: ‘Smell of Watergate’ Hits Trump’s White House

Firing the FBI director leading the investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with an adversarial foreign power is big stuff, the biggest shock President Donald Trump has delivered in his short, shock-filled presidency.

“It really does have the smell of Watergate,” says historian Robert Dallek. “It just raises suspicion this is a Nixonian president trying to cut off this investigation or at least delay it.”

The potential is there to find evidence of collusion that could be termed traitorous, says Dallek. “If he were so clean and without any kind of compromise in this situation, he’d let the investigation go forward and urge a special prosecutor to take over. Instead, he’s giving every sign of a coverup.”

The letter Trump sent to FBI Director James Comey said, in effect, “thanks for exonerating me” three times (like so many Trump claims, the only sign it’s so is that Trump said it)—and then fired him. But Trump can’t abolish the position, and whoever he appoints will have to be vetted and confirmed by the Senate.

Maybe Trump and his coterie of yes-men ignorant of history think he can name a loyalist.

The Federalist: 6 Quick Takeaways From Trump’s Firing Of FBI Director Comey

1) Comey Was Not Good at His Job

2) The Firing Was Done from a Position of Strength

3) It’s Reasonably Not Just the Clinton Probe

4) Democrats Have Been Begging for This, Only to Denounce It

5) This Is Not a Coup. Get a Hold of Yourself

6) Investigations Will Continue

For alternative facts and alternative reality:

RCP: Kellyanne Conway vs. Anderson Cooper on James Comey Firing: “You’re Looking At The Wrong Set Of Facts”

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Kellyanne Conway discusses President Donald Trump firing of FBI Director James Comey. Conway said the president’s decision “is not a coverup” and “had nothing to do with Russia.”

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21 Comments

  1. David

     /  May 11, 2017

    Poor old Democrats lost faith in Comey and now he is fired they are all doing a 180 and they look foolish. Bernie Sanders called for him to be fired late last year and now…well its a terrible thing. If Hilary had won Comey would have fired in January so spare me the conspiracy theories the guy is a liabilty and loved the limelight too much.
    Personally he should have been fired when he decided that Hilary wouldnt be prosecuted despite her breaking the law, the decision to prosecute lies with prosecutors not investigators and if your top law enforcement officer cant get that he should be gone.


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  2. The quality of Comey’s replacement is one of the biggest challenges of Trump’s presidency so far.

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    • NOEL

       /  May 11, 2017

      Regarding the Clinton e mails as part of his down fall it was apparent from the investigation that she wasn’t alone in the practise. Their server in the basement has said to have been secure enough to resist hacking and snooping by Government employees.

      Contrary to perceptions the issue in the end came down to a policy infringment..

      No emails were at any greater risk of interceptiom than r if she had used the Government server.

      In fact in the Snowdon/Manning era probably a wise move.

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  3. Nelly Smickers

     /  May 11, 2017

    *Chuck* in LA tweets…..

    “So who was the *last* President to fire their FBI Director ❓

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    • Under quite different circumstances:

      In 1993, President Clinton ousted William Sessions as FBI director after Sessions refused to voluntarily step down amid ethical concerns. It was the first and only time to happen in U.S. history. That is, until Donald Trump fired James Comey.

      Sessions, appointed by Ronald Reagan, had been under investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility during George H.W. Bush’s final year in office.

      Here’s how The Times reported the findings at the time:

      “The Justice Department report found, among other things, that Sessions had engaged in a sham transaction to avoid paying taxes on his use of an FBI limousine to take him to and from work, that he had billed the government for a security fence around his home that provided no security and that he had arranged business trips to places where he could meet with relatives.”

      Sessions dismissed the findings and refused to resign.

      Clinton, at the recommendation of his attorney general, Janet Reno, dismissed Sessions.

      http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-last-fbi-director-to-get-fired-before-1494368709-htmlstory.html

      About the only link to Foster is via conspiracy theories.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suicide_of_Vince_Foster#The_Clinton_Chronicles:_A_Political_Firestorm

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      • Gezza

         /  May 11, 2017

        Previous posts from Nelly have established that *Chuck* is not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  May 11, 2017

        Interestingly though PG, even *Trumpy* is suspicious of Vince Fosters death ❗ Last year, in an interview with The Washington Post, he maintained Foster’s death was…… “very fishy”

        He went on to say…..”He (Foster) had an intimate knowledge of what was going on…he knew everything that was going on and then all of a sudden he committed suicide….people continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely murder….”

        *DOTUS* then went on to say…..”I don’t bring it up because I don’t think it’s fair” 😄

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  4. duperez

     /  May 11, 2017

    I like it when Conway talks about “confidence and trust.” In the various interviews I’ve seen with her I can see how people could have confidence and trust in her.

    Just like you can with reality tv faces and sitcom characters. Or a cardboard cereal box.

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  5. Nelly Smickers

     /  May 11, 2017

    “….nothing to do with Russia”

    Oh, look…..there’s Chuck with his old friend Vlad

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  6. Zedd

     /  May 11, 2017

    Mr T is looking more & more like a dictator, not a president.. surround yourself ONLY with ‘Yes-men’, & dispose of all those who speak out, against you ! (carefully avoiding a ‘godwin’ comment.. again)

    I hear there are large bets; that he will not last out his term.. OR even the year !!

    “DUMP TRUMP… DUMP TRUMP !!!!” 😀

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    • Zedd

       /  May 11, 2017

      methinks Mr T needs to take a good hard look in the mirror.. before it cracks 😀

      How can anyone take him seriously ??

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  7. kiwi dave

     /  May 11, 2017

    The swamp is getting deeper and smellier

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 11, 2017

      Hardly. Some of its murkiest denizens have been thrown out onto the banks and are desiccating in the sunlight.

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    • Nelly Smickers

       /  May 11, 2017

      MAGA ❗

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  8. Joe Bloggs

     /  May 11, 2017

    The official explanation for James Comey’s firing did not survive the night. Aides to President Donald Trump initially claimed that he fired the director of the F.B.I. for mishandling an investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server. But that flatly contradicted Trump’s public praise of Comey’s decisions in the Clinton case. Moreover, Trump had repeatedly decried the F.B.I. investigation of his associates for potential collusion with Russia, calling it a “witch hunt,” “fake news,” and a waste of money. By nightfall, aides to Trump were conceding to reporters that Trump was infuriated that Comey would not back up his false accusation that President Obama wiretapped him, and that the aides had been trying to “come up with reasons” to justify the firing for more than a week. It emerged that Trump had taken to shouting at the television when he saw reports on the Russia investigation.

    http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-comeys-firing-accelerates-the-russia-investigations

    So he’s now fired three people for investigating his associates’ connections to Russia: Comey, Sally Yates, and Preet Bharara. Meanwhile the man who recused himself from the Russia investigation (because he was involved in it) has a hand in sacking the man overseeing that investigation. Damned swamp stinks worse than ever.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 11, 2017

      “Damned swamp stinks worse than ever.”

      Yes, it’s the decomposing bodies of your Lefties on the banks, Joe.

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  9. duperez

     /  May 11, 2017

    Spicer beating around the bush?

    “After Trump fired Comey, Sean Spicer huddled in White House bushes and scrambled to explain why”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/92453864/after-trump-fired-comey-sean-spicer-huddled-in-white-house-bushes-and-scrambled-to-explain-why

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    • Gezza

       /  May 11, 2017

      I really like Sean. Right man for the job in this administration, imo.

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