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Initial Thoughts on Firing of Comey by Trump: May 9, 2017

Many of you might by heard by now, especially in this age of Twitter and FaceBook, F.B.I. Director James Comey was fired by Trump earlier today afternoon. Predictably, many national-level politicians (both democrats and republicans) have expressed surprise over Trump firing Comey so abruptly. It is also odd, and somewhat peculiar, that Trump allegedly sent his letter of dismissal to Comey via his long-time personal bodyguard. In any case, it is easy to see this particular action by Trump and reactions to it is going to fill up the news cycle in USA for the next few days.

Having said that.. what does it all mean for the future of the Trump45’s “administration”.

Some of you might remember that a couple of months, or so, ago I had posted a short series on how things would turn out in the Trump45 “administration”. I am glad to say that a lot of what my predictions, from crippling levels of infighting and power struggles within his “administration” to missteps and reversals on key campaign promises, have come true. I also predicted that the screw-ups by Trump45 would end up making Bush43’s second term look positively rosy by comparison.

So what can we say about the somewhat unexpected firing of Comey by Trump?

Well.. for one, it looks extremely shady for Trump to fire a career guy with broad establishment credentials like Comey- especially when there is a perception that Comey was investigating Trump or people associated with him for legally dubious activities. To be clear, I am not suggesting that Comey is some paragon of humanity or decency. Indeed, there is tons of evidence that he is just another fairly racist white law enforcement guy. However, firing a guy who worked at high levels in the FBI under republican and democratic presidents for very questionable reasons and under circumstances that look rather suspicious is really bad optics.

This is doubly so given the many conflicts of interest concerning dealings by Trump’s many businesses after his election, the recent antics of his son-in-law and his family and the general stench of illegality surrounding his post-election activities. While Comey got a lot of flack from establishment democrats for briefly reopening and then closing the investigation about HRC’s emails a few days before the election, his activities can be explained away by the unusual circumstances under which those new emails were found. Also HRC made the decision to set up a private email server to handle her official state department emails on her own.

My point is that, even after the whole HRC email investigation saga, Comey still looked pretty honest and professional- especially in comparison to the people who he was investigating. And that you see is the core of the problem.. Regardless of whatever calculations made Trump (or someone in his inner circle) want to fire Comey, it is Trump who now looks guilty as hell. I would go so far as to suggest that he has now reached or exceeded the level of shadiness that people associated with post-Watergate Nixon. Needless to say, this won’t lead to a good outcome for him.

It remains to be seen how the fallout from this firing, the anti-populist healthcare bill being promoted by the republicans and reversal on pretty much every single one of his populist pre-election promises will affect the electoral fate of the republican party in the 2018 mid-term election. Or maybe we might have an ever bigger event, like his impeachment, before then. Who know? At this moment, everything is possible..

What do you think? Comments?

  1. May 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Comey tried to work both sides of the fence so he doesn’t have the friends he’d need to back him up in a situation like this. Too many are happy to see him go. Dems will indulge in the usual obligatory grumbling but neither they nor their constituents have much love for the guy.

    Suspicious or not, Trump gets to appoint the next FBI head. The abruptness of this action looks like it was meant to prevent leaks and any resistance Comey, Trump’s opponents, may have been able to offer if they had been forewarned.

    It looks more like an internal coup of a key position which could open the door for further purges.
    In Nixon’s day scandals were still a big deal, but by now, no one really takes the official rules that seriously anymore.
    Trump’s fumbling about, flip-flopping, in his first 100 days is bringing people’s faith in the democracy that much closer to the brink.
    You seem very well aware yourself of the collapse of faith in the system.

    If Trump so much as mentions “HIllary investigation” at this point, he’ll invigorate the base that is beginning to lose faith in him and dominate the next several news cycles.

  2. May 9, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    I can’t stand these guys…


  3. webej
    May 11, 2017 at 3:58 am

    The optics could not be worse. Politically a huuuge mistake.

    I was surprised when Comey told the American people there would be no prosecution of HRC for negligence, and subsequently enfolded how grossly negligent she has been. [Intent is not part of negligence: If you drive 80mph down the street and hit a kid on a tricycle, saying this wasn’t the outcome you intended matters for murder, but certainly not for negligence]

  4. Yusef
    May 11, 2017 at 9:51 am

    The move sheds further light on why Trump chose to dump those Tomahawk missiles into Syria…It is now much more plausible this was a PR move, a face saving gesture, to demonstrate his distance from Putin and Russian influence. Which, as some surmised at the time, indicated Trump’s weakness, vulnerability to those very charges. Now here is more confirmation something is indeed amiss.

    The sharks are going to circle now. No one at Trump’s level is allowed many gaffs. Trump is not even six months into his term and his quotient is exhausted. (I fear an act of war to divert public attention.)

  5. May 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Optics are dependent on point of view and perception which are primarily determined by individual conditioned bias and expectations or desires. Optics do not determine fact, although most often facts are viewed through optics. Optics influence emotion and frame. Optics’s are not rational. They are irrational. A fact is a fact. An optic is an optic. Facts are empirically rational. Optics rationalize composition of facts.

    The “optics” of Trump firing Comey are multi faceted and variable. Most importantly (to those who think rationally at all) it is imperative to first comprehend and admit that almost all of the optics existed before the act. In other words, most pundits already held prestablished opinions and frames within which they choose to view the act before it took place.

    What we are witnessing now (as always) isn’t the reporting of facts nearly as much as the compulsive blathering of gossip, rumors, innuendos, insinuations, inferences, framing, etc. This occurs (as usual) on both sides of the aisle and it is no suprize that the neoliberals are currently practicing it in the extreme more than the conservatives. The conservatives would be doing the same if they didn’t hold a larger portion of the seat of power. Far more discussion and questioning is taking place to orchestrate to create the illusion of conclusion, than honest acceptance of the few inconclusive facts that are actually known.

    It is a political contest of inferences, and implications being imposed as if they can be substituted for facts that aren’t known. It is all about framing, or as you say “optics”.

    Facts do not exist unless they are known to exist. Pretending that they exist based on a compulsive desire for their existence combined with insinuations that they exist only serves to illustrate they likely don’t exist and discredits some the pretenders. “The investigation hasn’t revealed that yet” implies the forgone conclusion compulsively desired. Such statements, lead fools to “believe” (pretend) something unknown.

    This compulsive incessant pretense that reality can be determined by inferences and insinuations rather than fact does actually affect outcome. One of two outcomes are possible. Unchecked or unabated the pretenses will be treated as fact and theynwill in effect become fact or (if checked), the pretenders will be revealed to be the pretenders or con artists they are.

    Unfortunately, when unsuccessful pretenders stop pretending and report facts because what they have been pretending actually does occur, they will not be believed.

    The media is like the little boy that cried wolf. When or if there is a wolf in the sheeps pen, they will not be taken seriously. Maybe there is a wolf in there now, maybe there is not. We do not know because the silly media is unreliable as they are compulsively obsessed with a framing war, a war of gossip and rumors, and insinuations.

    Or maybe….The wool is being pulled over our eyes as we are being sheared.

    • Yusef
      May 12, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      It is a fact:

      1. D. Trump fired FBI director, James Comey

      2. This was done without pre-announcement to the public,Comey himself learned by television, and Comey’s replacement was not named at the time of the firing.

      2. Comey had been in the position since 2013.

      3. Though a President may fire an FBI director for any reason, Comey is only the second FBI director to be fired by a President.

      4. Comey was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

      5. Trump has been President just a little longer than 100 days.

      6. It is a fact D. Trump said he fired Comey because, “quite simply, he wasn’t doing a good job.”

  6. Dru_McD
    May 13, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Comey got fired because he wouldn’t be a tool for Trump. It’s as simple as that.

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