Well, let’s just jump into the Tuesday Night Massacre.
Somewhere Richard Nixon is laughing.
— Tengrain (@Tengrain) May 9, 2017
Nixon fanboi Roger Stone to the N.Y. Times: “Somewhere Dick Nixon is smiling.”
But first, a little
Ru-Ru, er, history:
Trump at a campaign rally on Oct. 31, [Comey sent a letter to Congress saying he was reopening the Clinton email probe]:
“It took a lot of guts. I really disagreed with him. I was not his fan. But I’ll tell you what he did, he brought back his reputation. He brought it back. He’s got to hang tough because there’s … a lot of people want him to do the wrong thing. What he did was the right thing.”
So what happened, you ask (you’ve been asleep, I know)? Trump fired, by letter, FBI Director James Comey, and the basis for firing him Trump said was the way Comey handled the Clinton eMail investigation. He does not have a replacement lined up, and he did not have any pre-fab messaging for his surrogates to deliver:
“Sean “Spicer had wanted to drop the bombshell news in an emailed statement but it was not transmitting quickly enough, so he ended up standing in the doorway of the press office around 5:40 p.m. and shouting a statement to reporters who happened to be gathered in the briefing room. He then vanished, with his staff locking the door leading to his office. The press staff said that Spicer might do a briefing, then announced that he definitely wouldn’t say anything more that night. But as Democrats and Republicans began to criticize and question the firing with increasing levels of alarm, Spicer and two prominent spokeswomen were suddenly speed-walking up the White House drive to defend the president on CNN, Fox News and Fox Business …
“After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged. ‘Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,’ he ordered. ‘We’ll take care of this… Can you just turn that light off?’ Spicer got his wish and was soon standing in near darkness between two tall [shrubs], with more than a dozen reporters closely gathered around him. For 10 minutes, he responded to a flurry of questions, vacillating between light-hearted asides and clear frustration with getting the same questions over and over again.”
That sounds like comedy gold! And if you want some real comedy, Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) has you covered:
[The Russian Usurper] had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him. He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said.
…Trump had grown angry with the Russia investigation — particularly Comey admitting in front of the Senate that the FBI was investigating his campaign — and that the FBI director wouldn’t support his claims that President Barack Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower.
…But the fallout seemed to take the White House by surprise. [Ed. – Are these people living in a bubble or what? They believe their own spin as they write it. –TG] Trump made a round of calls around 5 p.m., asking for support from senators. White House officials believed it would be a “win-win” because Republicans and Democrats alike have problems with the FBI director, one person briefed on their deliberations said.
…By Tuesday evening, the president was watching the coverage of his decision and frustrated no one was on TV defending him, a White House official said. He wanted surrogates out there beating the drum.
Let’s re-read the key paragraph in the firing letter, just
for shits and giggles as a re-fresher:
“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.”
Begs the question, doesn’t it? Even firing someone, The Orange Menace makes it all about HIMSELF. But we do see a pattern emerging: Trump has fired Sally Yates, Preet Bharara, and James Comey, and all of them were investigating Trump.
NYTimes: Echoes of Watergate:
“Not since Watergate has a president dismissed the person leading an investigation bearing on him, and Mr. Trump’s decision late Tuesday afternoon drew instant comparisons to the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ in October 1973, when President Richard M. Nixon ordered the firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor looking into the so-called third-rate burglary that would eventually bring Nixon down.”
“For all his unconventional actions in his nearly four months as president, Mr. Trump still has the capacity to shock, and the notion of firing an F.B.I. director in the middle of such an investigation crossed all the normal lines.”
“Trump may have assumed that Democrats so loathed Mr. Comey because of his actions last year in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server that they would support or at least acquiesce to the dismissal. But if so, he miscalculated.”
So why do it now, why didn’t the Russian Usurper fire him in January, during the transition?
“Several current and former officials said the relationship between the White House and the FBI had been strained for months, in part because administration officials were pressuring Comey to more aggressively pursue leak investigations over disclosures that embarrassed the White House and raised questions about ties with Russia.”
OR could it be as CNN reported: Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records:
“CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.”
“The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI’s broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.”
WaPo (again) –The Russia mystery deepens even further:
“The Comey putsch heightens the mystery at the center of the Flynn case: Why Trump didn’t react sooner to warnings about Flynn’s involvement with Russia. Why didn’t Trump listen to President Barack Obama’s caution against hiring him? Why did Trump wait 18 days before removing his national security adviser after urgent advice that Flynn could be “blackmailed”?
AP reports that Sen. Chuck Schumer said last night that he told Trump in a phone conversation “[Y]ou are making a big mistake.”
So of course there must be a counter-punch:
Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, “I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.” Then acts so indignant. #draintheswamp
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017