Donald Trump’s highly erratic and stunningly self-serving firing of FBI director James Comey has taken the already surreal world of American politics into a vertigo-inducing spiral, and no amount of spin-doctoring can fix this one.
Although the Trump camp insists that Comey’s termination was primarily a recommendation of the Justice Department and its opinions (currently led by congressional oath-breaker and serial racist Jeff Sessions), its timing paired with the now former director’s ongoing investigation of the president and his staff’s collusion with the Russian government is highly and justifiably suspect.
Now let’s make no mistake: James Comey is no friend to progressives, as his erroneous and nationally damaging handling of the Hillary Clinton “email scandal” effectively served up our current imperialist regime. But his supposed independent investigation of the sitting president’s ties to and influence under a foreign power was crucial to achieving the closest we could get to “transparency” within the morally ambiguous dealings of the Trump administration.
Comey’s investigation was seeking to uncover the depth and effects of Russian espionage both against and aided from within the American government. Scared and defiant, Trump’s decisive action to fire Comey for “other” reasons was a blatantly obviously attempt to quiet the investigation while once again deflecting to alleged wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton.
Now, with Comey ousted, the president is set to appoint anyone to the position who happens to agree with him. Undoubtedly the stuff of dictatorships, Trump’s actions are clear indicators of a cover-up from within the highest seats of power and a president’s brazen dismissal of due process.
Ironically, there is to date only one other instance in American history that an FBI Director was fired by a sitting president. That president was Bill Clinton, who in 1993 fired FBI Director William Sessions for abuse of power and other ethics violations.
The difference here is that – prior to Comey’s dismissal – Trump et al. had nothing but praise and admiration for the former director’s role in the witch hunt against Hillary Clinton; a role that most would argue played a key if not determining factor in Trump’s election win. But now – with the FBI’s sights set on Trump under Comey – the administration deliberately and unabashedly changed its tune regarding Comey and cited his performance regarding Clinton as a the main reason for his removal (cue the confused Scooby Doo noise here).
But the name that keeps coming up far more even than President Bill Clinton is that of former (disgraced) President Richard Nixon. In similar retributional tone to Trump, Nixon fired then independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox during the latter’s investigation into the Watergate scandal.
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