The White House has announced that Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey….
The reasoning for the action should be forthcoming
This is developing story that is sure to be YUGE…
The Democratic view ….
Democrats think now-fired FBI Director James Comey cost them the presidential election. But hardly any Democrats in Congress are celebrating the fact that he’s gone.
Comey was leading the investigation into whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russia to try to help Trump win the election in 2016. For all of Comey’s sins in the eyes of Democrats — re-upping Hillary Clinton’s emails 11 days before the presidential election, not announcing the FBI’s investigation into Trump earlier — he was the best FBI director they were going to get in the Trump administration.
And by “best,” we mean most apolitical. As my colleague Aaron Blake wrote this week, Comey had a reputation as an aggressively apolitical public servant who, yes, sometimes made mistakes that upset the politicians (and potentially had massive political repercussions).
That reputation was fraying during the campaign, but it got absolutely shredded Tuesday when we learned that Comey told Congress it found “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton emails on the computer of disgraced sexting congressman (and ex-husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin) Anthony Weiner. Turns out there were just several.
It was the excuse Trump was looking for to fire Comey. And Democrats, as much as they probably would have liked to fire Comey, too, know they just lost one of their best chances for an apolitical investigation into Trump-Russia connections. Whomever Trump nominates only has to clear a majority vote in the Senate (as opposed to a 60-vote filibuster that until 2013 was the norm for these kinds of positions). Republicans have a slim majority and could conceivably approve a Trump nominee over every single Senate Democrat’s objections…..
….from Chris Clizza
Citing the Comey July 6 Clinton presser to explain the firing is something no novelist could write
…..from. Jim Sciutto
“This is an investigator investigating the White House and he has just been fired by the White House” @JeffreyToobin just now #COMEY
CNN Breaking News
Schumer: Only way American people can have faith in investigation is if it’s led by independent special prosecutor
Just in: Comey learned he was fired from TV news as he was addressing workforce at LA FBI field office -@PamelaBrownCNN & @Rene_MarshCNN
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