It 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.
On 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.”
In 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.”
As 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.