Yesterday I was having a late lunch with my oldest and wondering what I would write about today, then I got home and saw this:
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 Tuesday.
HotAir expands on this:
Comey has had a strange ride in Washington. When he was investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails, conservatives hoped he would be the person to finally hold a Clinton responsible for misbehavior. When he announced there would be no charges, progressives praised him and conservatives were furious he had balked. Then when he sent the letter last October and Hillary subsequently lost the election, he became every progressive’s most-hated-man-in-Washington again. In the end, this gaffe proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. It was apparently too much for the Trump administration to take.
The gaffe they are referring to are reports that his testimony before congress concerning Hillary’s emails was less that accurate:
But were the original claims about the extent of Huma’s document dispersion accurate? I ran across an interesting piece at Propublica which claims that their investigations, including reports from unnamed sources “close to the investigation” revealed that Comey’s comments were “inaccurate” and the real numbers would be shown to be far lower. Can that be real? It may all come down to semantics.
The problem: Much of what Comey said about this was inaccurate. Now the FBI is trying to figure out what to do about it.
FBI officials have privately acknowledged that Comey misstated what Abedin did and what the FBI investigators found. On Monday, the FBI was said to be preparing to correct the record by sending a letter to Congress later this week. But that plan now appears on hold, with the bureau undecided about what to do.
Wow! If this is true then it’s a real bombshell they’ve got on their hands.
Well given the animus of the left toward Mr. Comey you would think this would be the cause of unmitigated joy
“This is the kind of thing that goes on in non-democracies.” – Jeffrey Toobin on CNN
— David Ingram (@David_Ingram) May 9, 2017
Trump just fired the guy leading the investigation into Trump.
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) May 9, 2017
Trump just fired the man who was investigating his campaign's possible ties to Russian interference in the election. Nothing to see here https://t.co/8Wb9czsCLQ
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) May 9, 2017
And it’s reached the point where members of congress are calling for a special prosecutor:
Nixon had the Saturday Night Massacre. Now Trump is following suit w/ Tuesday Afternoon Massacre. We need special prosecutor to investigate. https://t.co/zbOp1Dos9M
— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) May 9, 2017
This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 9, 2017
For myself I’m indifferent, I never cared for Comey and I won’t be crying any tears for him but it just seems like just two days ago when the left was attacking James Comey and Hillary was blaming him for her defeat and now the left has decided that removing the man they considered public enemy number one is practically grounds for impeachment. Perhaps this is similar to their argument against Trump Executive Order in court where they claim the same text if offered by a President Clinton would be legal. This suggests that when it comes down to it, the only standard the Democrat have is: “Can we uses this for our political advantage at this moment?” That’s quite a double standard but of course if the left didn’t have double standards they’d have no standards at all.
I’ll give the last words to Ed Morrissey and Jim Treacher:
@EdMorrissey they'll manage
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) May 9, 2017
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