Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump fired the FBI lead responsible for investigating Russian interference into the last election, effectively removing the most potent source of information against him. Earlier this year, President Trump fired the acting Attorney General and the National Security Adviser.
FBI Director James Comey was removed on the recommendation of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Just last month, Comey announced that he was investigating Russian ties to Trump and his ability to get into the White House. Comey believed that Trump worked hand-in-hand with Russian intelligence officers to overtake Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, though Trump has repeatedly denied the claims publicly.
Increasing tensions with Russia and North Korea make the question of whether Trump is connected even more important. Military involvement and increased pressure on North Korea is straining America’s already-taut relationship with Russia.
Evidence shows that Comey repeatedly advised Trump that he wasn’t specifically under investigation ––– rather it was Russia’s interference that was being scrutinized. Despite this assertion, Trump did mention the investigation as directly influential to the firing.
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”
White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders points out that with Comey gone, the entire investigation isn’t likely to proceed any further.
“I think the bigger point on that is, when are they going to let that go? It’s been going on for nearly a year. Frankly, it’s kind of getting absurd.”
The main reason given by the White House to Comey in light of the firing had nothing to do with the election at all; rather, it was a response to his handling of the Clinton election e-mail scandal. At the time, Comey was chastised publicly by several politicians for failing to recommend charges against Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite overwhelming evidence that she broke the law by hosting a private email server.
The POTUS has been on a Twitter rampage ever since rumors began to spread that Comey was fired to prevent information about his transgressions from reaching the public. Staccato accusations included everything from the public’s lack of support for Comey to a drudge report that outlined 10 major scandals that occurred on Comey’s watch. Trump is clearly attempting to convince the public that firing Comey was the right move.
Trump also called out the Trump-Russia investigation as a complete hoax, calling it “fake news.” This morning, President Trump met in private with Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov. The meeting was closed to the press.