WWW Analysis: Trump’s Even More Desperate Reason for Comey Firing

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James Comey, former Director of the FBI. Photo credit: FBI
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Trump’s firing of James Comey yesterday proves that even those who carry water for the president are not safe. Trump is in greater peril, it seems, by the hour. And in response, the long knives are out for anyone who is less than 100 percent dependable.

He needs unquestioned loyalists around him — especially in the office that could send almost anyone to prison.

After all, Trump and his cronies are investigable for so very many things, from questionable business dealings and conflicts of interest to tax matters to allegedly colluding with the Russian government.

Comey, under criticism for his own actions, faced significant public pressure to demonstrate that the FBI does its job. That could not have sounded good to Trump.

As it happened, just hours before the Comey news broke, WhoWhatWhy had published a lengthy investigation into the back story to Comey’s most famous — or infamous — act. It chronicled how Trump’s close surrogates and media allies pressured the FBI director to reopen the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Evidence strongly suggests that this surprising move days before the election was decisive in Trump’s unexpected victory.

Overall, having Comey at the Bureau was a blessing for Trump. Besides damaging Clinton, he also aided Trump by withholding information about the Bureau’s potentially much more serious probe into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia.

The incoming president knew he had a good thing going. In early January, during a reception for top law-enforcement officials, an obviously grateful Trump singled Comey out for special praise and even a hug. But he soon cooled on the FBI director — as he so often does with people.

Also, Comey’s life was growing increasingly complicated, and he himself appeared to have lost his footing. In recent days, he looked incompetent in front of Congress, even bungling key testimony, such as exponentially overstating the quantity of Clinton emails forwarded to Anthony Weiner’s computer. Trump, who if anything is about appearances, could not have enjoyed watching this televised spectacle.

But the real problem was, as they say in mafia movies, you’re either with us or you’re….out.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Trump said in a letter dated Tuesday.

Comey is only the second FBI director ever to be fired. He joins William Sessions, who was dismissed by Bill Clinton in 1993.

Ostensibly, the reason for Comey being sacked was his “handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails,” according to a May 9th memorandum from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. That reasoning rings hollow, however, as the alleged fireable offense took place more than six months ago.

It is much more likely that Comey’s revelation that Trump’s campaign is being investigated for its Russia ties as well as his testimony before the Senate last week were the real reason for his dismissal.

Trump and his team are desperately seeking to stifle Russiagate. Matters continue to heat up on that front. As we write, CNN is reporting that prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas. Firing one of the people in government who knows most about that sensitive topic would serve that aim twofold.

The FBI is itself entwined in the matter and urgently needs to clear the air. As WhoWhatWhy reported in another major investigation, published in late March, the Bureau maintained a long and close informant relationship with a Trump business associate working out of Trump Tower. The president may have been worried about where that thread could lead, as it includes hints as to Trump receiving long-term financing from oligarchs tied to Vladimir Putin and organized crime.

Comey now can’t make any trouble on the matter; and it serves to put any other determined federal appointees — planning to rigorously follow Russiagate even if it leads to the Oval Office — on notice that such conduct will mean the end of their career.

Not surprisingly, Trump acolytes are presenting the firing as long in coming. As the veteran Trump strategist and hatchet man Roger Stone, himself under scrutiny in Russiagate, tweeted yesterday:


Related front page panorama photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Donald Trump (The White House / YouTube) and James Comey (FBI).

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14 responses to “WWW Analysis: Trump’s Even More Desperate Reason for Comey Firing”

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  4. Mackenzie says:

    “In recent days, he looked incompetent in front of Congress, even bungling key testimony, such as exponentially overstating the quantity of Clinton emails forwarded to Anthony Weiner’s computer”

    Can you provide the numbers he testified vs the actual numbers and provide links? Also, let’s keep in mind that if even 1 email was illegally forwarded to Anthony Weiner’s computer, it’s still a crime.

    Also you wrote that Comey “aided Trump by withholding information about the Bureau’s potentially much more serious probe into the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia.” That makes it seem as if Comey is very much on Trump’s side. Are you saying Trump essentially double-crossed Comey? If so, wouldn’t that be a very risky move (as I assume Comey has plenty of contacts who can leak stuff, etc)?

    Another important yet not-mentioned point – what about the fact that Trump attacked Syria without congressional approval? How come there are no calls for impeachment over that? To me that is EASILY his most serious violation as POTUS.

  5. Mik says:

    You’re out of your mind. There are extreme differences between the Republicans and the Democrats. GW Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq is one simple example. It created global disappointment in the USA, resulting in the 50% devaluation of the $USD as nations switched from the Dollar to the Euro. Obama won back a lot of belief in the USA, and the $USD is almost back to full strength. The Dems also created affordable National Health Care, Public Schools, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, environmental protections, and so on. Assange is a compromised human being living in a box, and striking out at the USA in any means he can. He would be wiser to expose Soviet Remnant strategies that Putin is pushing forward. Putin is yet another Russian Mafioso with big ideas. Ask the heads of Poland, Chechnya, Lituania, Latvia, Eastonia, Ukraine, etc. what they think of Putin. And then look at Trump who is compromised as well. The Dems are standing up for our Constitution. Dems don’t like Comey’s impact on the election, and at the same time, they like even less the fact that Trump fired the Head of the FBI in the middle of an investigation on himself. It is an impeachable act. The Dems are working in favor of America. Trump is working in favor of Trump, and whomever he is in bed with financially: Russia, Russian mobsters, et c. You seem to believe whatever you think, with no connection to facts.

  6. elee says:

    See WWW article from five days ago about the whole Weinerman-Sydney Leathers sting. It’s hard to feel any sympathy for Comey, Giuliani or Chaffetz……and as they’ve learned, our President is surely past master of the art of the doublecross.

  7. Shooter2 says:

    According to Robert Parry, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday reflected a growing concern inside the White House that the long-rumored scheme by “deep state” operatives to overturn the results of the 2016 election may have been more than just rumors.
    The fear grew that Comey and other senior officials in the U.S. intelligence community had concluded last year that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump was a suitable future president, albeit for different reasons.

  8. Thomas Frick says:

    While it was clearly important, to call this “decisive” feeds the narrative that the Democratic Party, in its policies and practices, has nothing to answer for its top to bottom losses.

    • russbaker says:

      Just because something was decisive does not preclude other deficiencies that made a difference. A good exercise is to put aside your personal agenda when commenting on an article, and focus on the core of what the article reports. And, frankly, everyone knows about the Dem party’s deficiencies — and that they are not unique to 2016.

  9. 0040 says:

    Pam’s is way to old for the Trumpster. “Too many miles and too little smiles”. Harry Chapin. Troll on!

  10. Martha Bartha says:

    I read Comey was about to Convene a Grand Jury.

  11. Reed Criswell says:

    We have to be very careful of ANY military conflict that may break out now. Russia has troops and equipment at the N. Korean border and Lavrov is having a hastily planned meeting with Trump today. This could set up a distractive conflict to save Trump’s presidency. The Senate is literally, the last line for the US Constitution right now.

    Be aware, that Russia has entire units of troops who are ethnically Buryat and would look indistinguishable from N. Korean troops to Western eyes. If Putin put them in N.Kor. uniforms and sent them into the Demilitarized Zone, we could have big trouble.

    • 0040 says:

      A great example of trolling . China has 2 million troops on their side of the Yalu River awaiting developments. Russia has little to no involvement in the North Korean stalemate.

    • Martha Bartha says:

      Its always possible!

  12. abenton54 says:

    Any patriot, left or right should cry foul on this spectacular abuse of power.

  13. Pertinax says:

    One can only provide cover to the Clinton Foundation for so long before you run out of obfuscation techniques. CF is so invested into its pay to play schemes and committed to the Qatar pipeline through Syria that Tillerson’s $500B deal with Rosneft poses quite the threat of proving the pipeline unnecessary. Which is what all of this muddying of the Russian waters is all about.