In all honesty, I don’t even know where to begin on this. At the beginning probably works best. So here goes, yesterday around 5:40 pm news broke that President Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
Everyone immediately began playing the guessing game. By everyone, I, of course, mean the democrats. The GOP rightly so remained pretty quiet for the first hour. Democrats meanwhile had not only figured out why Trump did it but they also figured out what should happen next. Hint: Russia and a special prosecutor…
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he told Trump “you are making a big mistake” when the president called to inform Schumer that he was firing the FBI director.
“The first question the administration has to answer is, ‘Why now?’” Schumer told reporters. “Were these investigations getting too close to home for the president?”
Schumer then called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor, saying “America depends on you to restore faith in our criminal justice system, which is going to be badly shattered after the administration’s actions today.”
Why the special prosecutor if y’all clearly know why he did it? Case closed! I actually can’t fault the democrats too much for this reaction. This is a sketchy move by President Trump for two reasons. First of all the reason for firing Comey seems to make absolutely zero sense. According to the WaPo Trump along with Jeff Sessions and deputy AG Rod Rosenstein decided to fire Comey because he mishandled the Clinton email probe and it made her look bad. No, I’m serious about this…
Rosenstein wrote in the memo that when Comey announced on July 5 that he had decided not to recommend charges in the Clinton case, he did so “without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders. Compounding the error, the director ignored another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation . . . we never release it gratuitously . . . It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.”
Rosenstein was also critical of Comey’s decision to reveal in late October that the Clinton email probe had resumed
It should be noted that Rod Rosenstein was just sworn in two weeks ago. That explains his reasons for wanting to fire Comey. Maybe he was in a coma during the campaign and was unaware of the actions of Director Comey. However, Trump and Sessions don’t have that same alibi. Trump just last week accused Comey of giving Clinton a free pass. Now he thinks he was too hard are her? Really? Attorney General Jeff Session is in the same boat. During the campaign, he clearly showed his support for Comey’s decision to inform the public that the email probe was reopened just 11 days before the election. Sessions told Fox Business, ““He had an absolute duty, in my opinion, 11 days or not, to come forward with the new information that he has and let the American people know that, too.” What a difference 7 months makes or in Trump’s case, 7 days.
The second problem for President Donald Trump is his bizarre letter to James Comey telling him he has been fired.
That second paragraph is just strange. Apparently, I am not alone on this. Congressman Justin Amash is also perplexed by it…
My staff and I are reviewing legislation to establish an independent commission on Russia. The second paragraph of this letter is bizarre. https://t.co/wXeDtVIQiP
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 9, 2017
When it comes to writing about Washington I decided to follow once simple rule after January 21st, WWCMDHBODT. What Would Conservative Media Do Had Barack Obama Done This? It’s worked out well for me so far and this is a great case study. Can you imagine the reaction by the conservative media had Obama fired the head of an agency leading the investigation into Benghazi or maybe the IRS scandal? We would have been livid! As with all comparisons, things are never identical. Democrats and Republicans will argue why their guy’s accusations are far less severe. However, I do think it’s important to look at this from the Democrats perceptive. If roles had been reversed we would be demanding answers and I think President Trump has a responsibility to provide them.