Editor’s note: Former FBI Director James Comey may testify before Congress on June 8.
While I agree that the way Jim Comey was advised of his firing was shabby at best, I am surprised that he lasted that long.
I believe the final straw came when he testified before a Senate committee and doubled down on the nonsense from his July 5 press conference concerning the Hillary Clinton email scandal, you know, the one where he appointed himself the prosecutor and stated “no reasonable prosecutor.”
He then went on to misstate facts to the committee in regards to the Huma/Weiner email forwarding aspect of the Clinton email investigation, which didn’t help. Add to that the recommendation to President Trump in writing by well-respected Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, supported by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and his firing was all but assured.
Forget all the smoke being blown by Democrats that Trump is trying to impede the Russian meddling-collusion investigation by firing Comey. That dog won’t hunt. These are the same hypocrites that called for Comey’s head when he reopened the Clinton email case right before the election. If Trump fired Comey to stall the Russian investigation, his thinking was certainly flawed, especially now that Andrew McCabe is at the helm. McCabe is no Trump supporter; quite the contrary. His wife, who ran for a seat in the Virginia legislature, received about $700,000 in campaign contributions from Democrats through Clinton good buddy, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
The New York Times, Washington Post, The Sun News and other anti-Trump media have alleged that Comey requested additional funding for the Russian probe, which hastened his firing. Acting FBI Director McCabe testified on May 11 that no such request was made because the case is fully funded. He also stated that the FBI does not make requests for additional funding on a case-by-case basis. When asked whether the firing of Comey would affect the Russian investigation, McCabe stated that it definitely would not.
The anti-Trump media also claimed that Rosenstein threatened to resign because he believed Trump was citing his recommendation as an excuse for Comey’s firing. Rosenstein has emphatically stated that there is no truth in that allegation.
Finally, President Trump has stated that Comey told him he was not under investigation. Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee stated that although he could not go into detail, he and Sen. Diane Feinstein were given a classified briefing by Comey regarding the Russian meddling case and he saw nothing that contradicted the president’ statement.
In his departing memo to FBI employees, Comey rightly stated that the president has the right to fire the FBI director for “any reason or no reason at all.”
So it is time for the phony outrage by the Democrats and their supporters in the mainstream media to stop the nonsense and let the president get on with addressing all of the real problems that Americans care about.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.