May 102017

FBI Director James Comey FIRED

James Comey who is widely blamed for the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the last election was fired by the man he helped to win. The President’s gratitude lasted 110 days even though – according to President Trump! – Comey reassured him on three separate occasions that he (Trump personally) wasn’t a suspect in the Russian meddling investigation. (Why did the former FBI director go so far out of his way to disclose information pertaining to an on-going investigation?)

Rumor has it that President Trump couldn’t wait for the investigation of his campaign aides’ and his administration members’ alleged ties to Russia to be concluded. There could have been other reasons. One of them may be that during the latest hearing Comey dismissed President Trump’s accusation that President Obama wire-tapped phones in the Trump Tower. Another, that Director Comey recently asked for more funding for the investigation of a possible collusion between Trump campaign aides / administration members and Russia which has given the appearance of a too detailed investigation.

The President’s decision to fire the FBI’s director caused uproar: Democrats as well as many Republicans are alarmed. Many perceive the sudden firing as an attempt to stop the investigation. Others speak of it as a Nixonian move.

Not surprisingly, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling for a special prosecutor, independent from the current administration, to continue the investigation. His feelings are affirmed by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) who stated: “At this point, no one in Trump’s chain of command can be trusted to carry out an impartial investigation”.

The latest development is nothing short of shocking. Alleged recommendations by the Trump administration’s members to fire the FBI director aside, the firing raises many concerns. Why fire a person who could have potentially cleared the Trump campaign and White House from alleged involvement with Russia? Why thank a person “ineffective” in his job in the termination letter? (One wonders whether Comey was “ineffective” or inconvenient.)

FBI Director, James Comey was on a visit to Los Angeles at the time and learned that he’s been fired from a TV set. He left Los Angeles in haste without completing his visit’s itinerary.

White House isn’t Apprentice. “You are fired.” was a funny phrase on a TV show. Firing the FBI director in charge of investigating allegations of collusion between Trump campaign aides / administration members and Russia isn’t. It gives the unsavory impression that the Commander-In-Chief is trying to interfere with an on-going investigation, delegate it to a more of a “yes man” as opposed to an objective investigator; or sweep the matter under the rug, altogether. How expedient and how UNPRESIDENTIAL!

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich



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Above the law?

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Today - after several more explanations from the President - I'm still scratching my head. How is it legal to fire the person in charge of investigation that has direct impact on the presidency? Let's say I'll get stopped by speeding. Is it OK now for me to fire the officer who stopped me? Based on the actions of the President, I'm assuming it should be. Right?