Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Brazen and bizarre --- the firing of Comey

Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director Comey is transparently self-serving.  The timing can be explained in only one way and  the rationale is clear.  First, Comey did not back up Trump when he claimed that Obama had him wiretapped during election, which was something Trump "learned" when listening to the neo-fascist broadcaster Alex Jones, and second, and more importantly, Comey stated clearly in Congressional hearings that the FBI was investigating Russian involvement with members of the Trump team during the election.

The Trump assertion that the firing was due to Comey's mishandling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's e-mail is ludicrous.  Trump had praised Comey for his intrusion into the election and almost all opinion across the spectrum of political beliefs suggests that Trump benefited from Comey's clumsy efforts.

Much of the world was speechless at first, and remains stunned.  Bannon may be in the background but this move has his fingerprints all over it.  His surrogate Stephen Miller was most likely involved as well.  Did they tell Trump that this would be overlooked?  Did Trump with his bluster initiate this on his own?  There were multiple opportunities to fire Comey after the election if Trump's explanation is true.  The timing now is appalling.

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