James Comey and Donald Trump: Surprised but Not Surprised
When Will Trump Stop Leading Like An Angry Toddler?
"If you don't do what I say, I'm taking my toys."
Every parent with a child under five has heard variations of this over the years. A strong willed youngster doesn't like what another kid is doing, so said youngster threatens to either take their stuff away or to do harm to the other child because he doesn't like them. These are things you come to expect youngsters to say at one point or another, but when a 70-year-old man who's leading one of the world's biggest global powers does it, it's more than a little scary.
James Comey, who was appointed director of the FBI in September 2013 while President Obama was still in the White House, was fired courtesy of a note from Keith Schiller, Trump's former personal bodyguard and now sentry to the Oval Office doors, on May 9, and shock waves already began to ripple across Washington and much of North America. You see, in addition to Comey being FBI director, he was investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, and now that Comey is gone, can Trump continue his leadership relatively unafraid of any backlash from this move?
When you almost immediately see your leadership compared to that of Richard Nixon, who fired a special investigator into the Watergate affair during his presidency, there are most certainly issues.
Even more interesting are claims that Comey was fired because of some sort of mishandling of the Clinton email server investigation. If these claims were indeed part of the reason why Trump fired Comey, they sure weren't mentioned in his letter to the now-former FBI director. In fact, the letter references the investigation into potential Russian involvement in Trump's campaign, and expresses some degree of relief that Trump himself is not being investigated; there is no mention of the Clinton email fiasco at all.
Trump, in fact, has been ticked off with Comey for some time, as indicated in a series of tweets - the president's seemingly preferred mode of communication - on May 2 of this year.
"FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" he tweeted. "The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?"
Indeed. And now that Comey is gone, President Trump no longer has to worry about potential revelations that Russia was involved more deeply than was initially believed, or that Russia was even involved at all during Trump's campaign for president. It's just unfortunate that Trump can't seem to lead with any sort of logic or grace behind his decisions, and continues to act in such a way that the public at large sees a toddler dressed up as a 70-year-old.
Trump Should Be Investigated, And Comey Should Have Been Able To Continue
A Sad State Of Affairs
Let's be honest; getting fired sucks, but Comey was fired in such a way that he was effectively held up for ridicule.
No one on President Trump's side bothered to check - or so it seems - if Comey was even in Washington to receive the news that he was fired. In fact, Comey was in Los Angeles at the FBI offices there, and ended up finding out he was fired through the news on television. Schiller had merely left the letter from President Trump in Comey's office.
One GOP aide who hadn't received information prior to the news of Comey's firing noted that there were many Republicans left in the lurch, as it was nearly evening by the time the news broke.
"This is a shitshow," the aide texted.
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said that Trump was making a big mistake in firing Comey in a very Nixonian way, and questioned the timing of the dismissal.
"Were these investigations getting too close to home for the president?" Schumer asked. "They fired Director Comey, the very man leading the investigation. ... This does not seem to be a coincidence."
Schumer and other politicos are now calling for the Department of Justice to appoint an independent special investigator into the Russia matter. Who can blame them? With a president very much behaving as though he's a child about to be caught for one misdeed or another, Trump simply can't be trusted to make rational, logical decisions, and he may never have been.