With President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, the political world has exploded into wild accusations and counter-accusations of corruption and bias. Amidst all the hubbub, the “why” behind Comey’s firing boils down to two theories. Only one can be correct. If it’s the first theory, Trump did the right thing and Democrats are using the firing to make political hay in scurrilous fashion. If it’s the second, Trump may be on his way to impeachment.
Theory #1: Trump Fired Comey For Incompetence. This is the most obvious answer as to why Comey was fired. Multiple letters from administration members suggest that Trump was told over and over again that Comey needed to go. That’s for a variety of reasons (less than a week ago, I called for Comey’s firing myself).
Theory #2: Trump Fired Comey To Stop The Russia Investigation. Then there’s the alternative theory: Trump knows that he’s connected to the Russian election manipulation, and he’s afraid that Comey would have gotten to the bottom of it. To kill the investigation, he offed Comey. This is the case the Democrats are making today, calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor. Idiots like Bill De Blasio of New York are saying that this is Nixonian, a sort of soft Saturday Night Massacre. Democrats are universally condemning Comey’s firing, even though just days ago they were calling for it. That’s hypocrisy and dirty politics, of course. And Trump hasn’t named an interim director (the current guy below Comey is apparently a Democrat) or said that the investigation will be shut down — at the very least, it will be difficult for him to ram through a patsy who will kill the investigation at this point.