What to make of the firing of James Comey yesterday by Donald Trump? It certainly had echoes of the Saturday Night Massacre under the Nixon Administration.
The official explanation from Trump’s administration is that Comey mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Well, no argument here.
Of course, it didn’t help that Comey lied in his testimony to a Joint Senate committee just last week. As reported by NPR,
Comey said that Clinton aide Huma Abedin had forwarded “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton’s emails, “some of which contained classified information,” to her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, to print out. The discovery of those emails while Weiner was being investigated for possible lewd contact with a minor online is what triggered the reopening of the Clinton investigation just before Election Day. However, after ProPublica reported Comey’s testimony had been inaccurate and that there had been only a “small number” of emails forwarded, Comey had to clarify those comments in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee released Tuesday at nearly the same time news of his firing began to break in the media.
Jesus, Comey, you couldn’t even get that correct?
No one doubts that Comey is a certified asshole. But he was Trump’s certified asshole. He’s also a bit of a wild card, apparently, and seemed to get uncomfortably close to things the Trump administration did not want disclosed on their ties to Russia during the Presidential campaign. As further reported by NPR,
“The first question the administration has to answer is, why now?” said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “If the administration had objections to the way Director Comey handled the Clinton investigation, they had those objections the minute the president got into office. But they didn’t fire him then. Why did it happen today?”
Yeah, good question Chuck. What are the chances that Trump’s Justice Department will appoint a special prosecutor? You already know the answer to that one.
Just a reminder:
- Hillary Clinton’s email server = eight independent investigations.
- Trump campaign’s ties to Russia = one botched House investigation and one lonely Senate investigation.
Oh yeah. Anybody remember the term “false equivalence?”