I know we started a series that we haven’t finished, but so much has happened that we will have to finish it next week.
The Washington Post has done an excellent job of investigative journalism since the Trump administration began. I’m sure there have been factual missteps along the way, but they are crucial to uncovering the twists and turns of the various Trump scandals.
They just released a bombshell report within the last 24 hours. The piece pulls the curtain on the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey. The Washington Post relied on 30 sources in “the Justice Department, the FBI and on Capitol Hill, as well as Trump confidants” for this report. No doubt, the authors are exercising an abundance of caution on this sensitive issue.
This story begins with Trump’s frustration with James Comey:
Every time FBI Director James B. Comey appeared in public, an ever-watchful President Trump grew increasingly agitated that the topic was the one that he was most desperate to avoid: Russia.
Trump had long questioned Comey’s loyalty and judgment, and was infuriated by what he viewed as the director’s lack of action in recent weeks on leaks from within the federal government. By last weekend, he had made up his mind: Comey had to go.
Trump decided to take action against Comey Monday morning:
Back at work Monday morning in Washington, Trump told Vice President Pence and several senior aides — Reince Priebus, Stephen K. Bannon and Donald McGahn, among others — that he was ready to move on Comey. First, though, he wanted to talk with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his trusted confidant, and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, to whom Comey reported directly. Trump summoned the two of them to the White House for a meeting, according to a person close to the White House.
The president already had decided to fire Comey, according to this person. But in the meeting, several White House officials said Trump gave Sessions and Rosenstein a directive: to explain in writing the case against Comey.
This paragraph contradicts the White House narrative that Donald Trump passively accepted the letter from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
What are the reasons for Comey’s dismissal? The piece continues:
Trump was angry that Comey would not support his baseless claim that President Barack Obama had his campaign offices wiretapped. Trump was frustrated when Comey revealed in Senate testimony the breadth of the counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s effort to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election. And he fumed that Comey was giving too much attention to the Russia probe and not enough to investigating leaks to journalists.
To review, Trump fired Comey because he:
1. Did not go along with Trump’s evidence-free claim that he was wiretapped by President Obama
2. Announced he was conducting a broad investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion on the part of the Trump campaign
3. Was not giving enough attention to the source of the leaks to journalists
The firing of James Comey was not the result of reasoned reflection on his job performance. It was a political hit job on a man who was performing actions Trump despised.
There is more to the story, but this gives you a taste of the contents of this article. It would be imprudent to rely on one news source, so we will wait to see what other news outlets say on the matter. If this is true, it is a legal ticking time bomb. Donald Trump may be guilty of obstruction of justice.
In the meantime, read it for yourself and marvel at the alleged corruption.
All highlighted words were done by the author of this blog.