aside Breaking News: Tuesday Night Massacre – President Has Fired FBI Director James Comey

Image result for pictures of james comeyIt is not as if the FBI Director has a lot of friends on either side of the aisle, but the timing of today’s firing on 5/9/17 by the republican President Donald Trump’s of the FBI Director James Comey looks suspect.

It is at an inopportune time when he is in the middle of investigating the ties between the president, his associates and Russian operatives pertaining to Russia’s meddling to the 2016 US presidential elections. Although the president signed the firing letter, he is claiming that the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had delivered this recommendation to him. Frankly, I find this claim, incredulous.

On the morning of 5/10/17, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) opened up at a senate hearing with a commentary about what she had learned. It seems that about a week ago, the president directed his  Attorney General Jeff Sessions to figure out a plan to fire the FBI leader and this firing was executed with the assistance of Jeff Sessions and the newly hired deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein who both pushed for Mr. Comey’s dismissal. But many in Washington, including veteran F.B.I. officers, are certain that a carefully choreographed effort by the president was organized (remember Rep. Nunes) to create a pretense for a takedown of the president’s F.B.I. nemesis.

It is time for all those who are part of the resistance (non Trump voters) to call, write, email, tweet and do whatever has to be done, to have an independent commission established along with assigning a special prosecutor to conduct an investigation of the Russians meddling into US elections and any connections involving the president and his associates.

Image result for pictures of james comeyOn May 9, 2017, Devlin Barrett of the Washington Post penned the following report about Director Comey’s firing, “President Trump dismisses FBI Director Comey.”

“The president has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General and the deputy Attorney General regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Spicer told reporters in the briefing room.”

“Spicer also said that Comey was “notified a short time ago.” This is effective “immediately,” he said.”

“Earlier in the day, the FBI notified Congress that Comey misstated key findings involving the Hillary Clinton email investigation during testimony last week, saying that only a “small number’’ of emails had been forwarded to disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner, not the “hundreds and thousands’’ he’d claimed in his testimony.”

“The letter was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on (5/9/17), more than a week after Comey testified for hours in defense of his handling of the Clinton probe.”

Image result for pictures of james comeyIn the letter to Director Comey, President Trump wrote: “I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are here by terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.”

Also in the letter, the president couldn’t resist protecting his own hide when he wrote, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me on three separate occasions that I am no under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effective lead the Bureau.”

Image result for pictures of james comeyAs per the  5/9/17 US News (AP) report, “AP Source: Abedin Didn’t Send as Many Emails as Comey Said,” by Erik Tucker,

“A top aide to Hillary Clinton did not forward “hundreds and thousands” of emails to her husband’s laptop as FBI Director James Comey recently testified to Congress, and never sent anything that was marked classified, according to a person familiar with the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.”

“Comey, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, provided new details about the email server investigation and his reason for alerting Congress just before Election Day to the new discovery of emails on the laptop of former Rep. Anthony Weiner. The congressman, whose laptop was searched by the FBI as part of a sexting investigation, separated last year from Huma Abedin, the Clinton aide.”

“The apparent misstatements come on the heels of criticism Comey faced last year for public comments during the election season, including his assertion during a July news conference at FBI headquarters that Clinton and her aides had been “extremely careless” in their handling of classified information.”

Image result for pictures of james comey“At an oversight hearing last week, he was also challenged on statements made to Congress in the final days before the election when he alerted lawmakers to the discovery of new emails that he said were potentially connected to the Clinton email case and would need to be reviewed. The FBI contacted Congress on the Sunday before Election Day and said its email review had turned up nothing to change its original recommendation against prosecution.”

“In explaining those decisions, Comey told Congress that the FBI was interested in Weiner’s laptop because agents could see that there thousands of emails on the device, including what they thought might be “the missing e-mails from her first three months of Secretary of State.”

“He said Abedin had a “regular practice” of forwarding emails to the laptop to be printed out for Clinton, saying at one point that “hundreds and thousands” had been forwarded, including some containing classified information.”

“My understanding is that his role would be to print them out as a matter of convenience,” Comey said.

“But a person familiar with the investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the testimony publicly, said that that was not Abedin’s regular practice and that none of the emails that she did forward to Weiner’s laptop were classified at the time.”

Image result for pictures of james comey“Comey said the FBI had concluded that neither Weiner nor Abedin had committed a crime in their handling of email.”

“With respect to Abedin, he said, “we didn’t have any indication that she had a sense that what she was doing was in violation of the law. Couldn’t prove any sort of criminal intent.”

“The committee said it had not been contacted about whether (the FBI) intended to correct the record.”

[Read the letters from the White House and the attorney general] (Source is the 5/9/17 Washington Post article by Devlin Barrett.)

Update (5/9/17): This looks like a very personal act on the part of President Trump. He had his long time personal bodyguard hand deliver the letter to the FBI Director Comey.

24 comments

  1. He has just been waiting for an excuse … any excuse … to do this. He even intimated a couple of weeks ago that he might fire Comey. Though I lost a bit of respect for Comey over his October surprise, I felt that and his agency were the best hope for the Russian connections to ultimately be unraveled. I agree … we MUST demand an independent investigation … NOW! Loosening up my fingers for a letter-writing campaign! Thank you for being so timely with this post, Gronda! I am re-blogging.

    • Dear Jil,

      You are right on! The timing of this firing is CYA for DDT, end of story. This was him looking for any excuse to fire FBI Director Comey for cause.

      This is when having trust in our president would help but I have none.I will be calling and letter writing as well.
      We have already tolerated enough. I want that independent commission.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    This afternoon, Donald Trump terminated the employment of FBI Director James Comey, allegedly on the advice of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. As always, Gronda is right on top of it, and her post needs no words from me, as it speaks for itself. Good work, Gronda, and thank you!

      • It is always my pleasure, Gronda! I just finished writing my ‘Good People Doing Good Things’ post for morning, and now I am going to take Doc Gronda’s excellent advice! Hugs, my friend!

    • Dear Horty,

      DDT is up to his old tricks. He just can’t stand trying to behave himself. I think the consensus is that he has been waiting for any excuse to do this for some time.

      Thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Reblogged this on By Hook Or By Book and commented:
    A few hours ago Mr. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the man leading the investigation into whether there were Trump campaign officials who colluded with Russia to swing the election his way. And to top off the sheer outrageousness of this act, Attorney General Jeff Sessions who recused himself from taking any part in the Russian investigation, took part in the firing of Comey. Because Gronda always has the best political knowledge as to what’s going on with our government I’m sharing her latest post covering this. All I want to add is that it is past time that an independent special prosecutor be appointed. This is domed everyone should have no problem agreeing on no matter what politicians party they belong to!

    • Dear Kim,

      The president is probably in a panic over yesterday’s Sally Yates testimony and he cracked like he is prone to do.

      He should have at least waited for the results of the Inspector General’s investigation into Director Comey’s actions over his handling of HRC email situation which was still ongoing.

      Thanks a million for your support, the great write-up and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • 1. No thanks necessary Gronda. As soon as I tore myself away from CBSN tonight, I visited your blog because I knew you’d have a post putting everything together. I swear, your blog is more informative than cable news!
        2. I immediately thought at first that he was panicking over what happened yesterday as well, but then I heard this plot has been in the works for a few weeks. And why the HELL (sorry for swearing but I’m so upset) is Jeff Sessions playing in role in this whatsoever? Do they know the meaning of recusal over there? Maybe Merriam-Webster should tweet a reminder! I swear if this doesn’t result in an independent commission and special prosecutor being assigned, that’s it. It’s over. I’m going to be waiting for the day he makes up some fake emergency so he can completely take over!

  4. Let the cover-up begin, Gronda I’m with you on initiating an independent commission along with a special prosecutor to investigate Trump’s election connections with the Russians. I’m sure much has turned up, but the FBI & CIA are ordered to stand down and keep quiet. It’s gonna be a long 4 yrs of business as usual.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      It turns out that DDT found out today that a grand jury has already started issuing subpoenas regarding the Trump-Russia investigation. He wants to shut this whole Russia thing down.

      Let’s see what happens in the next couple of days.

      Hugs, Gronda

  5. The King makes a major mistake! Too bad he and his band of merry millionaires never studies history, if they had they would have seen where a similar action doomed Nixon to a forced resignation. I find it absolutely absurd that the King would feel the need to claim in his letter to Comey that he had been told three times that he was not under investigation. Does anyone actually think that took place? I suspect that not only was he being investigated, but the investigation was getting too close for the Kings comfort and out of a sense of panic he took the poorly thought out action. It will be interesting to see how our GOPTP politicians respond to this latest act of retaliation by the King toward the investigators of his reign of domestic terrorism…

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      For all of the FBI Director Comey’s flaws, he was not under the president’s thumb where DDT could control what was happening. And DDT couldn’t stand it.

      If he thought that this move would dampen the interest in his Russian saga, he blew it.

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Ok, here is a wild guess as to who will be the next FBI Director, Jason E. Chaffetz, will IMO be the choice of the tRump, I base this partly on his zest to protect anything tRump and his recent statements that he was not going to run for reelection and might not finish out his current term in office.

        • Dear Crustyolemothman,

          I think he wants to run away from this circus as fast as he can. iT IS GOING TO MISSION IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND SOMEONE WHO IS QUALIFIED AND WANTS THE JOB.

          Ciao, Gronda

  6. Gronda, of course this is related to the intensifying Russian probe. It will also the opposite effect the President wanted, as the scrutiny will only get worse. The issue of whether the Russians involved themselves in our election has already been confirmed by our intelligence agencies. The question that remains is the degree of involvement by our President and his team in the process. The chilling testimony of one operative was clearly Trump embraced the fake information and email dumps as part of his modus operandi. But what needs to be determined is his involvement in the process to obtain and perpetuate it.

    For him to say that this story is s hoax has no basis, as the Russian involvement and his active role to use it, are givens. His dismissal of Comey and his waiting 18 days to fire Flynn after being warned by Yates give me reason to believe he had culpability on this last point.

    One final point should be raised. Trump and Spicer are doing their best to lump Flynn in Obama’s lap. That dog won’t hunt. Not only did Obams tell Trump not to hire Flynn, but do did Trump’s transition team. So, Yates represent the third source who told Trump about Flynn.

    In my view, firing Comey may turn out to be Trump’s Waterloo. Keith

  7. Dear Keith,

    You are on the right track on all points. From watching FOX TV, his spokeswoman kept saying there is nothing there…there regarding DDT and the Russian connections. He can’t understand how or why the story won’t die. He is clueless that he can’t control everything and his surrogates cannot do miracles.

    No wonder he is so frustrated.

    Remember that song, And the beat goes on.” I keep hearing that tune in my head.

    Ciao, Gronda

    • Gronda, three comments jumped out at me today. First, Comey learned he was being fired from TV after receiving a note while speaking – that is poor form. Second, a White House person let out that DT kept this close to the vest and the roll out was chaotic even by their standards. Third, the FBI is saddened by this, with one person saying off the record “Trump just lost the FBI.” Keith

      • Dear Keith,

        The way DDT fired Director Comey was deliberately cruel and designed to hurt. DDT was sending a message, see what happens if you don’t buckle under my will. No, any FBI person now would not respond well to this not so subtle threat. They will only work harder.

        Ciao, Gronda

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