There’s been quite of bit of comedy coming from the Trump administration. Donald Trump is with no doubt a joke of a president. He’s gone his entire presidency from one crock of crap to the next. Now there’s news of a shouting match within the walls of the White House.
What’s all the shouting about? James Comey, of course. Trump and team have been arguing over whether the President should invoke executive privilege — but can the president actually do that? Perhaps not, since the president has already spoken publically about his meetings with Comey, and even tweeted about them.
James Comey was relieved of his duties as FBI Director on May 9. The president has maintained that the dismissal of Director Comey came from the recommendation of the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General. The firing came in the form of a letter written by the President himself in the letter he states:
‘Dear Director Comey:
I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.
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.
It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.
I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
Donald J. Trump’
“Best of luck” indeed. James Comey later went on to say that during one of his meetings with Trump, the president asked Comey to halt his investigation into former Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s connections to Russia. Flynn resigned not very long into his position as security advisor. James Comey, who did not halt his investigation into Flynn, was fired as a result.
Donald Trump’s campaign has indeed slept with Russia, but to what degree remains uncertain. What is certain is that there is an alarming number of people close to the president that have had communication with the Kremlin. The President’s own son-in-law was recently caught trying to open a back door channel with Russia. Many presidents try to establish back channels with other countries on the basis that those channels will be useful, such as sharing intelligence about terrorist organizations. Jared Kushner’s dealings seem a bit more malicious than that, simply because he was trying to secure locations where their conversations could not be monitored by American intelligence agencies, such as the Russian embassy. Kushner was also trying to establish a back channel with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, which is a horribly suspicious act in itself.
So what’s with all the quibbling in the White House? More than likely: just how to keep the world from finding out that the president is in Putin’s pocket.