If you’re someone who doesn’t support Donald Trump, then it’s very likely that you’re in support of, or have at least thought about, removing him from office. Hyperbole aside, while the word “impeach” gets thrown around a lot, we need to keep in mind that removing a sitting U.S. president is a very big deal.
That being said, a comment Trump made during an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt that aired Thursday night, in my opinion, should be grounds for immediate impeachment.
When asked about his recent decision to fire James Comey as the head of the FBI, Trump admitted that the on-going investigations into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russian officials played a part in his decision.
“And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,” Trump said. “This was an excuse for having lost an election.”
“When I did this now I said, I probably, maybe will confuse people, maybe I’ll expand that, you know, I’ll lengthen the time, because it should be over with, in my opinion, it should have been over with a long time ago, because all it is, is, an excuse,” he added.
Just in case anyone missed it (or couldn’t decipher the word salad), that’s Donald Trump admitting that his belief that a federal investigation into his campaign is fake, and because the U.S. intelligence officials investigating these very serious allegations against him haven’t wrapped things up fast enough for his taste, that factored into his decision to fire the head of the FBI.
Forgive me, but I’m not sure the word of a key figure of an active federal investigation — especially someone who’s as dishonest as Trump — is the best source to evaluate how that investigation is going.
However, regardless of whether Trump’s guilty or innocent, what he admitted Thursday night is that he believes his personal feelings supersede our laws. Furthermore, despite the indisputable fact that his campaign is currently under investigation, he still seems to be acting like no investigations exist.
For starters, Democrats have practically nothing to do with U.S. intelligence officials, or the FBI, investigating his campaign. Those are law enforcement and national security agencies staffed with private citizens, not elected politicians affiliated with a political party.
As for Congress, Republicans control both the House and the Senate, making it nearly impossible for Democrats to unilaterally launch any sort of political witch hunt against Trump. You know, like the GOP did the last few years using Benghazi to slander Hillary Clinton.
In other words, even if Democrats were fabricating all of this, which isn’t true, they’re not in any position of power, either within law enforcement or Congress, to be at the forefront of pushing for these investigations.
This was Trump admitting that part of his motivation for firing Comey (though it was probably the main reason) was to get rid of someone who wasn’t playing by his rules and bowing down to what he wanted them to do.
What he did, especially now that he’s admitted the Russia investigations played a part in his decision, is completely indefensible. Going forward, what’s the litmus test going to be to replace Comey? Will the next person to head the FBI have to agree with Trump that the on-going investigations looking into whether or not he may have committed treason are bogus? Will they have to “pledge loyalty” to the administration?
When you factor this firing in with his repeated attacks on federal judges and judicial rulings with which he’s disagreed, it’s clear that Donald J. Trump believes our laws should be whatever he says and he’s willing to do whatever he can, even if that means attempting to obstruct a federal investigation, to try to rig the system in his favor.
Watch his interview below via NBC: