The news cycle ebbs and flows as events of more or less importance occur.
Sure, the news that America experienced a giant surge in April is great, and definitely worth sharing.
But this one is HUGE; perhaps one of the biggest news stories of the Trump administration so far.
We’ve repeatedly emphasized how vital it is that law enforcement agencies conduct operations without regard to partisan politics.
Tolerating such an agency controlled by political interests is a quick way to descend into a police state, and this can have a chilling impact on political debate and discussion. Then, democracy disappears.
This year, President Donald Trump hasn’t been shy about accusing FBI Director James Comey of questionable acts and decisions. He DID give Comey a second chance but now…
It’s over: Comey was just fired by President Trump.
Via USA Today:
“Trump’s decision to fire Comey was based on the ‘clear recommendations’ of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.”
President Trump addressed the decision in a statement:
“The FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement.“
We cannot be sure what internal turmoil might have been in progress at the FBI, but clearly President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and other officials decided it was time for Comey to go.
And perhaps this was the last straw:
STORY CONTINUES BELOW…
“The firing came just after the FBI confirmed Comey provided erroneous testimony to a Senate panel about how Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin handled classified emails.”
Wherever one stands on the email scandal, you cannot have an FBI Director lying during Congressional hearings and getting away with it.
We might never know Comey’s motivation for this, but he crossed the line when he provided false testimony.
Comey was appointed by Mr. Obama, and the Democrats will do everything they can to paint this as a political move by President Trump to stymie investigations into alleged Russian interference.
But after Comey confessed to a variety of mistakes, and given the lying to Congress, Trump really didn’t have any choice.
What it should demonstrate is that the effort to “drain the swamp” remains VERY active.
Source: USA Today