Claiming that the reason 70-year-old President Donald Trump fired 56-year-old FBI Director James Comey May 9 was to impede the FBI investigation of Trump’s ties with Kremlin in the 2016 election, Democrats and the press make zero sense. If anything, firing Comey shined bright light on the investigation. Testifying at a Senate hearing on worldwide threats today, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe stated emphatically that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any ties to Trump will move forward unimpeded. Yet Democrats and the press insist the reason Trump fired Comey was the same reason President Richard Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox at the height of the Watergate Scandal. Stonewalling and Obstruction of Justice. Trump laid out some reasons for Comey’s firing in a letter from Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein May 10.
Whether accepted by Democrats or the press, Rosenstein laid out a compelling case thet Comey went rogue in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, essentially usurping the Department of Justice. Trump said he fired Comey for “doing a bad job,” something Rosenstein laid out in detail in his May 10 letter. When the nation’s chief law enforcement officer decides to usurp the DOJ, it’s a dangerous breach of protocol in the role law enforcement plays in the criminal justice system. When Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 4 he openly admitted to usurping the office of former Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch. Comey explained to the Committee he had to go public with a new email investigation Oct. 28, 2016 on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because he could no longer trust Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch after she met with former President Bill Clinton June 29, 2016.
Embroiled in the Hillary email investigation, Comey decided July 6, 2016, one week after Lynch met Clinton at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport, to end the email investigation, insisting Hillary showed no criminal intent to pass along classified information. While Lynch would have done nothing with an FBI referral, Rosenstein stated clearly it was not Comey’s call as FBI Director. Comey decided to play judge, jury and executioner, breaching protocol with the DOJ. Law enforcement personnel, whether local, state and federal, let district attorneys or federal prosecutors determine whether or not to file criminal charges. Comey openly admitted to the Senate Judicary Committee May 4 that he usurped the DOJ’s authority because he didn’t trust Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch. Rosenstein correctly identified that Comey had gone rogue in his job as FBI Director.
Biased media outlets want to only focus on Trump’s attempt to avoid the ongoing FBI investigation. Rosenstein mentioned nothing about the FBI director abusing his intel power conducting incidental data collection on foreign agents in communication with Trump campaign staffers, or, as admitted to May 4, going to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA] court for a warrant to spy on Trump campaign officials. Comey claims he had probable cause using Hillary’s paid campaign opposition research as evidence for conducting incidental surveillance or getting a warrant from the FISA court. Democrats and the liberal press accept only one explanation for Comey’s dismissal: Trump sought to stonewall, obstruct or cover-up the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 and whatever role Trump staffers played. Citing the timing of Comey’s firing, the press blames Trump.
Democrats and the media can’t accept Trump explanation for firing Comey. “He wasn’t doing a good job. Very simply. He was not doing a good job,” referring to “all-of-the above,” but not specifying, like Rosenstein, Comey usurped the DOJ, inappropriately deciding whether to file criminal charges. Responding to his firing, Comey admitted nothing about breaching protocol, usurping the DOJ. “In times of turbulence, the American people should see the FBI as a rock of competence, honesty and independence,” said Comey, giving an X-ray into his real feelings toward the Trump presidency. When Comey refers to “turbulence,” that’s the same description given by Democrats and Trump-haters referring life under Trump. When Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) handed Comey Hillary’s dossier on Trump last July, they both hoped they could upend Trump’s election bid.
Comey was fired not to obstruct the FBI’s investigation but because he usurped the DOJ, inappropriately crossing the line as FBI director. Not one liberal media outlet wants to talk of Comey’s May 4 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee as the straw the broke the camel’s back, watching Comey come unhinged, justifying his decision to reopen the Hillary email investigation April 28, 2016. While acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe insists Comey was well-liked at the FBI, he’s too close to the problem to see Comey’s transgression, of turning the FBI into a political body, impacting a presidential election. Rosenstein noted that Comey learned nothing from usurping the DOJ and politicizing the FBI. While there’s never a good time to get the ax, it was clear after his May 4 testimony that Comey had gone rogue. Democrats and the press are fixated on blaming Trump.