Our first reality tv president proved yesterday that he is way out of his element when it comes to running a country. Remember, as the star of The Apprentice; Trump reflexively fired Gary Busey for barking like a dog.
Yesterday’s abrupt dismissal of FBI Director, James Comey is leaving even fellow Republicans shaking their heads in disbelief. Faced with mounting evidence of scandal as the FBI leads an investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, the star of the White House fell back on his favorite catch phrase – “You’re Fired!”
There is some delicious irony in Comey’s removal as many people, including Hillary Clinton, believe that Comey’s October surprise letter to Congress about reopening the investigation into Hillary’s emails, played a large part in Trump’s Electoral College win.
But personally ousting the guy investigating possible treason among you and your team is something not even Richard Nixon did. Nixon told the deputy attorney general to convince them to resign. Firing the man investigating you is something that a ruthless dictator would do. Something like Vladimir Putin and the Russians might do.
Unlike The Apprentice, Trump didn’t bother bringing Comey into the boardroom to face off against Meat Loaf while Trump, Ivanka, and Jared Kushner decided his fate. He didn’t bother to tell Comey at all. Comey first learned of his fate when he saw it on TV and laughed it off as an elaborate prank. Staffers had to convince him it was true.
The firing comes just a day after former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified before a Senate sub-committee. She testified that she warned Trump on three separate occasions that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was known to have ties to Russia. It took Trump 18 days to fire Flynn. 18 days that Flynn could have been blackmailed by the Russians.
The Democrats and quite a few Republicans were quick to denounce the firing, and assert that the action called for the hiring of an independent special prosecutor.
“The only way the American people can have faith in this investigation is for it to be led by a fearless, independent special prosecutor,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) during a press conference Tuesday evening. “If Deputy Attorney General [Rod] Rosenstein does not appoint an independent special prosecutor, every American will rightly suspect that the decision to fire Director Comey was part of a cover-up.”