While James Comey’s firing is definitely a major story, it wasn’t surprising. My thought going into this was that Donald Trump was either going to fire him at some point, or his administration was going to put intense pressure on him with the hope that doing so would make him resign. I’m pretty sure Comey knew with Trump in the White House his days were numbered.
That being said, while some people like myself aren’t shocked that Trump fired Comey, all he did was make things much worse for himself.
That’s the story most people seem to be missing. Sure, Trump likely sees this as a way to possibly sway the on-going FBI investigation into whether or not he possibly committed treason more in his favor. However, if you ask me, the even bigger story centers around how U.S. intelligence officials are going to react to Comey’s sudden, and rather controversial, firing. If Trump thought the leaks were bad before — just wait.
There’s already a fairly obvious distrust between the intelligence community and Trump. Even beyond some who might believe he’s compromised by Russia, his incompetence is a threat to our national security. This is an idiot who let state-run Russian media and photographers into the Oval Office — while barring all U.S. press.
Our enemies are well aware of the fact that Trump’s a corruptible, egotistical moron who’s easily manipulated. It’s a dangerous situation when our “Commander-in-Chief” clearly doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing or why other presidents have or haven’t done certain things during their time in office. Many of these things he’s called “stupid” are actually tactful moves by his predecessors based on very complex issues that, ironically, he’s too much of a dunce to understand.
As he said recently, he didn’t know being president would be so hard. If that admission doesn’t prove how delusional he is, nothing will.
Donald Trump, the GOP, and his supporters can spin this all they want, but this move only ensured that the already frayed trust between U.S. intelligence officials and the White House is that much worse. To many of the individuals working at these agencies, this was Trump trying to obstruct justice by removing someone who wasn’t doing what he wanted. I’m sure I don’t need to explain to anyone why that isn’t how the law works.
What this move likely did was galvanize the FBI, CIA, and NSA by making it clear that he feels that he’s above the law, has zero respect for anything that they do, and has no problem throwing any of them under the proverbial bus if he thinks doing so will benefit him.
I’m sure Trump thought this was a good move that improves his odds of not being impeached or being sent to prison, but much like his March 4th Twitter meltdown against President Obama ultimately backfired by forcing congressional Republicans to take the investigations into Russia more seriously, I believe this is going to come back to haunt him, too. By firing Comey, Trump also:
- Made himself appear more guilty than he already did.
- Now must answer questions concerning the timing of his firing.
- Now has people calling for investigations into Comey’s dismissal, which could also lead to more legal trouble for Trump.
- If impeachment proceedings are ever held, he provided a great tool to use against him by seemingly dismissing the head of the FBI for personal reasons relating to the on-going investigations into Russia.
- Made his administration look weaker and more inept than it already did.
- Most likely assured there are going to be even more leaks from U.S. intelligence officials concerning the corruption surrounding himself and his administration.
- Created a bigger headache for his own party as they’re now forced to defend this latest controversy.
- Further eroded the trust between the White House and U.S. intelligence officials.
- Makes him look even less trustworthy and more corrupt to our allies.
At the end of the day, this latest move by Donald Trump is another instance where his own ego and incompetence got in the way of rational thought and sound judgment.
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