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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What Does The Comey Firing Mean--Two Theories

There Are Only Two Theories Why Trump Fired Comey. One Means Trump's Right. The Other Means He'll Be Impeached.

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With President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, the political world
has exploded into wild accusations and counter-accusations of corruption and
 bias. Amidst all the hubbub, the “why” behind Comey’s firing boils down to two
theories. Only one can be correct. If it’s the first theory, Trump did the right thing
 and Democrats are using the firing to make political hay in scurrilous fashion.
 If it’s the second, Trump may be on his way to impeachment.
Theory #1: Trump Fired Comey For Incompetence. This is the most obvious
answer as to why Comey was fired. Multiple letters from administration members
 suggest that Trump was told over and over again that Comey needed to go.
That’s for a variety of reasons (less than a week ago, I called for
 Comey’s firing myself).
1. Comey never should have issued his July 2016 exoneration of Hillary
 Clinton. If he thought she shouldn’t be prosecuted, he should have made
 that recommendation and shut up. Instead, he felt the necessity to protect
Attorney General Loretta Lynch and supposedly the FBI, and so he spilled
the beans on the myriad reasons she should have been prosecuted,
 demonstrated that he had rewritten the law to protect Hillary, and then
let her off the hook. This necessitated Comey appearing before Congress
 to explain himself, and pledging to keep them updated.
2. Comey issued the infamous October 28 letter informing Congress that the
FBI had uncovered new emails in the Anthony Weiner investigation. The letter
 itself was a bombshell that rocked the Hillary campaign just days out from a
presidential election. Comey then rushed the turnaround so that he could
exonerate her again a couple of days before the election, but according to
the Democrats, Comey was now responsible for electing Trump.

3. Comey appeared before Congress to explain himself, and instead made an
 ass of himself. He even misstated the evidence regarding Huma Abedin,
 necessitating that the FBI inform Congress.
In short, Comey had lost both the trust of the Trump administration and the
 trust of the public. There was no reason not to fire him. That’s what Deputy
 Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stated in his letter to Attorney General
Jeff Sessions calling for Comey’s firing: “I cannot defend the Director’s
 handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s
 emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal
 judgment that he was mistaken…The FBI is unlikely to regain public and
 congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of
 the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them.”
Theory #2: Trump Fired Comey To Stop The Russia Investigation. Then
 there’s the alternative theory: Trump knows that he’s connected to the Russian
 election manipulation, and he’s afraid that Comey would have gotten to the
 bottom of it. To kill the investigation, he offed Comey. This is the case the
Democrats are making today, calling for the appointment of a special
 prosecutor. Idiots like Bill De Blasio of New York are saying that this is
 Nixonian, a sort of soft Saturday Night Massacre. Democrats are
universally condemning Comey’s firing, even though just days ago they
 were calling for it. That’s hypocrisy and dirty politics, of course. And Trump
 hasn’t named an interim director (the current guy below Comey is apparently
a Democrat) or said that the investigation will be shut down — at the very
least, it will be difficult for him to ram through a patsy who will kill the
investigation at this point.
With that said, here’s the Democrats’ strongest case that something fishy is
 going on.
1. The timing of the firing is weird. They’re stating that Trump could have fired
 Comey for his election conduct right after he took office. This is obviously
correct. The counterargument, that Attorney General Sessions recused
himself from the Trump-Russia investigation and that Rosenstein was only
confirmed in his position 13 days ago, is belied by the fact that Sessions
 himself weighed in on Comey’s firing, stating, “Based on my evaluation,
 and for the reasons expressed by the Deputy Attorney General in the
 attached memorandum, I have concluded that a fresh start is needed at
 the leadership of the FBI.”
2. Trump won’t shut up about Russia. The firing comes the day after Trump
 tweeted incessantly about the Trump-Russia investigation and openly
called for it to be shut down. He also changed the header on his Twitter
account to deny any collusion with Russia, an odd move to say the least.
And then he dropped this line in his letter firing Comey, which smacks
 of "the lady doth protest too much":
While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate

occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur

with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not

able to effectively lead the Bureau.
3. Trump fired Comey the day after the left latched onto former acting Attorney
 General Sally Yates’ testimony pinning all the Democrats’ Trump-Russia
conspiracy theories on the FBI investigation. Trump had tweeted out the
testimony of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who
said he had no information linking the Trump campaign to collusion with
Russia; Yates immediately stated that Clapper wasn’t in the loop on the
FBI investigation. It all comes down to the FBI investigation for the Left,
and Trump just fired the director in charge of the investigation.
Trump isn’t going to appoint a special prosecutor. Not the day after he
tweeted this:

The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?

That means this situation will continue to boil, Congress will continue to
 probe, and Trump will continue to fulminate. At the very least, this is the
 most amazing season of The Apprentice yet.