In the irony of all ironies, the Trump administration has revealed its justification for sacking FBI Director James Comey. According to the New York Times:
“President Trump has fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the White House said on Tuesday.”
Yes, you read that correctly. This was payback for what the mean Director did to poor Hillary.
Never mind that reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails weeks before the election is widely credited with tipping the balance in Trump’s favor. Never mind, too, that Trump commended the FBI and Director Comey for having “guts” to reopen the investigation, telling a campaign rally crowd:
“And I have to give the FBI credit. That was so bad what happened originally. And it took guts for Director Comey to make the move that he made in light of the kind of opposition he had where they’re trying to protect her from criminal prosecution. You know that. It took a lot of guts. I was not his fan,” he added, “but I’ll tell you what: What he did, he brought back his reputation. He brought it back.”
Both Trump and Press Secretary Sean Spicer alluded to recommendations by the assistant Attorney General, who, in a memo, highlighted Comey’s rather unprecedented July 5th press conference where he both exonerated Clinton and made the case against her.
The White House also sent reporters a list of statements from Democrats and the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board that had, in the past, called for Comey’s firing.
The President is under FBI investigation for his campaign’s links to Russia’s operation to undermine the 2016 presidential election. That, of course, cannot be the stated reason Trump might fire the FBI Director, and so they would need to make some other case for having done so.
If this is the best they can conjure up, then they’re more desperate than we realized.
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.