President Trump ignited a firestorm with his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Some Republicans wanted him fired for recommending against indicting Hillary Clinton. I do believe that he acted honorably in reaching his decision. The real problem was that he made the decision as a prosecutor. That is not his job. That was a serious lapse of judgement. I think he caught Potomac Fever, a “disease characterized by a heightened sense of one’s importance and a desire for media exposure. If Trump’s assertion that Comey told him he was not under investigation is true, that is a serious breach of protocol.
While I think Trump was right to fire him, it was handled extremely poorly. This is the travel ban fiasco all over again. In the first place, Comey should have been notified before the media. Although this will have no effect on the Russia investigation, it was politically insensitive to make a move before it was completed. A carefully laid out strategy should have been implemented. Instead, the press secretary and others were given only a one hour notice. After they came up with a rationale for the firing, Trump cut their legs off with an alternate explanation. Doing it just before he met with a Russian official just added fuel to the fire. I wonder if they are ever going to get their act together.
Democrats changed their position so fast I’m surprised they didn’t get whiplash. They hated Comey with a passion and demanded he be fired. Once he was, they were totally outraged. They tried to compare it to Nixon firing Archibald Cox, the lead Watergate investigator. This is absolutely ridiculous. Watergate was a major scandal that sent many to prison and took down a president. Even top Obama appointees say there is no evidence anyone in the campaign colluded with Russia. No party has a monopoly on hypocrisy but the Democrats seem to be trying to corner the market. They are so filled with hate that they can’t seem to think straight.
As expected, the media went crazy. Among other things, there was talk of a coup, Fascism and impeachment. They think they are hurting Trump but they only hurt their credibility with such outrageous statements.
Now the Trump administration needs to find a new director. They should choose someone who is nonpartisan and has a sterling reputation