Firing 56-year-old FBI Director James Comey May 9, 70-year-old President Donald Trump said enough-was-enough for the nation’s beleaguered chief law enforcement officer for botching the Hillary Rodham Clinton email investigation. Signs of Comey playing judge, jury and executioner emerged over the last year where his seven-foot frame was only exceeded by his Titanic ego. Coming unhinged in a May 4 hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey defended his Oct. 28, 2016 decision to reopen Hillary’s email investigation, after clearing her of wrongdoing July 6, 2016. Hillary told CNN’s Christianne Amanpour May 2 at a Women’s Conference in Washington that she’d be president if the vote were held Oct. 27, 2016, blaming Comey for upending her campaign. Since losing the election Nov. 8, 2016, Hillary can’t decide who to blame: Comey, Russia or herself.
Firing Comey irked Democrats who’d been calling for his head since Nov. 8, 2016. Yet once Trump did the dirty work, Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans insisted Trump interfered with the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but, more specifically, whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin. Ten months after Comey opened his investigation, former National Security Advisor James Clapper admitted May 8 that there’s zero evidence of Trump collusion with the Kremlin. Yet, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called Trump’s move a “big mistake,” the same thing he said about Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. Schumer threatened to filibuster until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) changed the rules, guaranteeing confirmation April 7. Schumer sees Comey’s firing as a cover-up.
Comparing Comey’s firing to President Richard Nixon firing Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox Oct 20, 1973, CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin showed he’s a partisan hack. Toobin knows Nixon faced a mountain of evidence in the Watergate Hotel burglary and cover-up. Where’s the crime in what Trump or any of his campaign officials have done? Comey went rogue in 2016, using Hillary paid opposition research against Trump to justify probable cause to spy on Trump campaign officials. Comey denied any investigation to Trump until he admitted before the House Intelligence Committee March 4 that Trump campaign officials had been under investigation since July 2016. “This part of a troubling pattern from the Trump administration. They fired Sally Yates, they fired Pret Bharara. And now they fired Director Comey, the very man leading the investigation . . “ said Schumer.
Schumer knows that Yates was fired for insubordination for failing to carry out Trump’s immigration order. Bharara was a routine changeover termination for a new set of U.S. attorneys under a new president. Schumer’s pernicious propaganda is exactly why nothing gets done in Washington. Even Fox News pundit Charles Krauthhammer called Comey’s firing “inexplicable” and “implausible,” knowing Comey had gone rogue, telling the Senate Judicary Committee May 4 it’s his call who comes under FBI investigation. Comey had no “probable cause” to investigate Trump campaign officials other than Hillary’s paid opposition research. Comey got caught up in McCain’s anti-Trump rhetoric, telling Comey Trump must be stopped. Comey misled the Senate Judiciary Committee that he made the right decision reopening Hillary’s email investigation 11 days before the election.
Comey looked unhinged justifying his actions that influenced the Nov. 8 vote. He told the Judiciary Committee he looked at thousands of new emails from Hillary aide Huma Abedin showing up on her former husband’s Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) laptop. Only a few emails were actually found. Comey’s misrepresentation showed he’s not fit for duty, playing fast-and-loose with the facts. When Comey exonerated Hillary July 6, 2016, there was plenty of evidence for a Justice Department referral, not that former Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch would have done anything. Krauthammer calls Comey’s firing “inexplicative,” when he knows Comey had gone rogue. Trump-haters like Krauthammer, Schumer and McCain, seek an Independent Counsel to investigate Trump’s ties to the Kremlin, when there aren’t any. Comey and two Congressional Committees found no connection.
Ten months of FBI and Congressional investigations have revealed that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn talked with Russian Amb Sergey Kislyak. Flynn was tagged with collecting $35,000 from Russia’s RT, a popular domestic TV show back in 2015, a year after he left his job as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Allegations of Trump associates Carter Page or legal counsel Roger Stone have turned up nothing. Yet firing Comey, to Schumer, McCain and Krauthammer constitutes a Watergate-like cover-up. FBI’s career investigators will continue the Russia-Trump investigation without Comey. “I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election,” said McCain, something opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Trump fired Comey because he’s incompetent and went rogue.