We generally try to avoid Donald Trump news here at A•STAR. There’s so many unprecedented things happening under his presidency, covering it would take up too much of our time.
However, today is kind of a big one.
President Trump has just fired FBI Director James Comey, you know, that guy who re-opened the Hillary Clinton email investigation eight days before the US election and possibly swayed the result in Trump’s favour.
The reason given is White House and Department of Justice dissatisfaction with Comey’s handling of a probe into Hillary Clinton using a private email server while serving as Secretary of State.
The FBI has also been investigating whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election via the hacks of Clinton campaign staff that were then released via Wikileaks, and whether Trump campaign and transition officials met with and engaged Russian officials.
Kind of a big deal.
So, now that Trump has “You’re fired” James Comey, he can be replaced with whoever they want in the job. Perhaps someone who will answer to Trump and decide that the Russian investigation is just silly you guys.
This news is drawing uneasy comparisons to the darkest days of the Nixon administration during Watergate in 1973, when President Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor investigating the break-in at Democrats campaign offices in the Watergate Hotel in Washington.
It seems telling that in his letter dismissing Comey, Trump makes a point of stating: “While I appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation …”
Make no mistake. Trump and his campaign are under investigation.
The Attorney General “recommending” James Comey be fired is Jeff Sessions, who had to recuse himself from the Russian investigation in March once it was revealed he’d met with the Russian ambassador twice last year, while working for the Trump campaign, and specifically lied about it.
Here’s Stephen Colbert’s coverage of that from March …
It doesn’t look great does it?
Perhaps the most unsettling aspect of this story is the Trump administration doesn’t care how it looks.