Timing of Firing Was Justified for Multiple Reasons; Not a Sign of Alleged Corruption, Weakness, or Fear
Trump Fails to Focus on Best Defenses of Comey Firing
May 10, 2017 By Ron A. Y. Rich
The only justified criticism of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey is the president’s failure to focus on the strongest and most obvious defenses of the timing of the firing. Comey has been criticized by Democrats as well as by Republicans since he got involved in the Hillary email investigation, but the main criticism of President Trump focuses on the timing of the firing. The actual main explanation is that the FBI Director reports directly to the Associate Attorney General, and that position wasn’t filled in the Trump administration until just about a week ago, in large measure because the Democrats delayed the confirmation of the Attorney General who was obviously needed in order to appoint associates. The Associate Attorney General was immediately tasked to investigate the competence and appropriateness of the Director of the FBI, and in about a week this investigation was begun and completed.
Trump also fails to focus enough attention on the fact that Obama’s own people and the press have failed to find any evidence of collusion of the Trump Administration with the Russians
It is clear, therefore, that Trump would have been improper had he dismissed Comey immediately after the inauguration without a Justice Department in place and without a proper investigation. Comey should have been dismissed by Obama long ago, considering that the Democrats’ top leaders before and after the election, Senators Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer and others lost confidence in Comey and felt he deserved to be fired long ago, and a dark black cloud hung over Comey even when Obama was still in the White House.
Trump and his supporters should also be criticized not for firing Comey, but for failing to adequately point out that it is specious and totally irrational at best – and perfidious in fact – for the hypocritical Democrats to state that firing Comey is a reason to hire a special prosecutor for the allegations of collusion of the Trump Administration with the Russians since 1) firing Comey doesn’t stop the investigation; and 2) if the top person in an investigation is incompetent, removing him leaves a more competent second in command in charge, as well as everyone else involved in the investigation.
Trump also fails to focus enough attention on the fact that Obama’s own people and the press have failed to find any evidence of collusion of the Trump Administration with the Russians. Communications with members of the transition team does not constitute collusion; it constitutes proper preparation prior to the assumption of power.
If there has been any proof of collusion, more than mere allegations, it would be proof of collusion by Hillary and some of her closest associates and relatives
If there has been any collusion in the past year, it was defended by the press, most notably former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s meeting with former President Clinton on an airplane right before Comey cleared Hillary upon flying – not on a plane – but flying in the face of all proper procedures by;
- not interrogating Hillary under oath,
- not preparing official notes of the interrogation,
- not interrogating her a second time and comparing her answers to check for conflicts as is routinely done;
- not taking the normal amount of time and following the necessary procedures to analyze the interrogation, but
- clearing Hillary the next day,
- after delineating her many transgressions of American law, and
- not putting any of the alleged transgressions before a grand jury,
- stating that no reasonable prosecutor would prosecute her for any of them even though
- super prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani and many other prosecutors and former prosecutors immediately said that some of the transgressions were indeed prosecutable, and
- Comey claimed that intent was needed but not proven as to some of Hillary’s transgressions when
- the law states that no proof of intent was necessary, as any first year law student looking at the law would affirm.
If there has been any proof of collusion, more than mere allegations, it would be proof of collusion by Hillary and some of her closest associates and relatives. Trump should focus on the failure of the press to highlight proven collusion with the enemy such as Hillary’s involvement in the transfer of 25% of America’s nuclear weapon ingredient uranium to Russia, Hillary’s top campaign manager John Podesta’s receiving $30,000,000 from the Russians, and $30,000 from the Saudis for a month’s worth of lobbying; Hillary’s brother being a registered agent of a foreign government; and the list goes on and on.
Above all, Comey has been shown to be incompetent
Trump and his representatives also fail to adequately focus on the facts that President Clinton fired his FBI Director Sessions after a shorter period of time; Obama fired Flynn not for collusion with the enemy but for publicly expressing opinions contrary to Obama’s; Obama had renewed Flynn’s national security clearance; Trump fired Flynn not because of alleged collusion but because of Flynn’s failure to make some disclosures which could have been inadvertent.
Above all, Comey has been shown to be incompetent in many ways that have been documented, which is beyond the scope of this article. As a businessman – not as a former head of the Apprentice—Trump is oriented to firing incompetence.
Ron Rich considers himself a liberal with common sense.
We predict the coverage will go from hysterical to laughable, since Bezos can underwrite this kind of material forever. The problem is that the paper’s liberal writers don’t seem to know the difference. At least it’s entertaining. It is a journalisti
Trump Outsmarts the Media, Again
May 10, 2017 By Cliff Kincaid
Nobody does it better than President Donald Trump. That is, drive the media crazy. And The Washington Post has gone nuts in reacting to the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Remember that Comey botched the Hillary email and Trump/Russia investigations, using in the latter the discredited “Trump Dossier” of gossip that the anti-Trump intelligence community couldn’t even verify.
Comey was in over his head, as we demonstrated in part one of our series, “The final Truth about the Trump Dossier.” He had to resign or be fired.
Comey confirmed that Trump was NOT under investigation
In addition, Trump blew the whistle on the Russia probe, noting in his firing letter that Comey confirmed that Trump was NOT under investigation. Trump said “…I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation…”
Nevertheless, the Post is convinced that the firing means that Trump is guilty as hell and has dug his own political grave. Look at the headlines from Wednesday’s “Post Most” list of “popular” columns:
- Firing FBI director Comey is already backfiring on Trump. It’s only going to get worse.
- After Trump fired Comey, White House staff scrambled to explain why
- John McCain on Comey firing: ‘There will be more shoes to drop’
- In the wake of Trump’s brazen firing of Comey, it’s time to go nuclear. Here’s how.
- Jeffrey Toobin went ballistic about Trump and Comey. It was great TV.
- If Trump fired Comey over Russia, he must go
- The Comey debacle only magnifies the Russia mystery
- The shocking firing of James B. Comey puts new pressure on Trump and his team
- Trump is mirroring Nixon’s final days
- Firing Comey is a thuggish abuse of executive power
I am not sure this is an exhaustive list. I listed several that stood out as noteworthy. It is hysteria bordering on mental illness. There isn’t even a pretense of an objective analysis of the facts in the case.
As we noted in part one of our series on the phony dossier, “It appears that the only significant Russia connection the media have left out is the story that Accuracy in Media first broke in 2015 when we revealed retired Lt. General Michael T. Flynn’s attendance at a public conference in Moscow with Russian president Vladimir Putin.”
One big factor in the Post’s hatred of Trump is the role played by Post columnist David Ignatius in getting an illegal leak of classified information about Flynn
One big factor in the Post’s hatred of Trump is the role played by Post columnist David Ignatius in getting an illegal leak of classified information about Flynn. The paper wants desperately to divert attention away from the fact that Ignatius can be prosecuted under the law.
As we noted, “Whether Flynn disclosed the entire story about his Russian contacts remains to be seen. The matter is irrelevant to the far more serious issue in Flynn’s case, namely the illegal disclosure of his wiretapped conversations to CIA mouthpiece David Ignatius of The Washington Post. Unraveling how and why this occurred could shed light on the Watergate-style surveillance that President Obama or his aides authorized on the Trump campaign and how the political intelligence was shared with Hillary’s operatives in the bureaucracy.”
One of the above cited Post columns, “The Comey debacle only magnifies the Russia mystery,” is by Ignatius. He calls developments a “dark tale” and claims that the mission of a new FBI director “will include investigating Trump himself.” Yet Trump says Comey confirmed that the FBI is not investigating the President.
In fact, a new FBI director should investigate Ignatius and his CIA-connected employer, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.
“Already,” says Ignatius, “congressional pressure is building for an independent counsel—which is the most sensible way to restore a measure of public confidence after this debacle.”
The lack of confidence is in the media. And the Post doesn’t even seem to know or care.
As we argued in our column, “Investigate and Prosecute the Press,” since it’s doubtful that Ignatius will volunteer his testimony and reveal his sources, a subpoena would be necessary. We pointed out, “He can then be prosecuted if, as expected, he conceals the names of those who used him as a conduit for illegal leaks of classified information.”
He had the legal right to fire Comey for incompetence and other flaws outlined in Department of Justice memos
Trump is the elected President. He had the legal right to fire Comey for incompetence and other flaws outlined in Department of Justice memos. There is no evidence of any illegal activity by Trump, and the President says that Comey cleared him.
The evidence of illegal activity lies with the Post and its anonymous sources in the intelligence community. Publishing a hundred or a thousand anti-Trump columns cannot change this basic fact.
The paper should try to bring some basic standards of objectivity and fairness back to its coverage of the Trump administration. Otherwise, it will continue to be outwitted by Trump and his Tweets. The history of journalism has taken a “dark” turn with a paper whose promise under Trump became “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”
We predict the coverage will go from hysterical to laughable, since Bezos can underwrite this kind of material forever. The problem is that the paper’s liberal writers don’t seem to know the difference. At least it’s entertaining. It is a journalistic meltdown on public display.
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