These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Thomas Paine 1776
We have a president who should be impeached. He is being backed by people in the Republican leadership who originally were going to stand up to him. They made a deal with him to give him a pass on whatever he did as long as he supports the Republican long-term agenda to lower taxes and make it easier for financial companies to loot the United States and defund programs for the needy. They turn their eyes from his lies and misdeeds.
I’ve pointed out before how he lies. He even lies about simple things like civil war battles. I’ve pointed out how he tweets in a vicious manner about people. I’ve pointed out how he is a coward to one’s face but stabs one in the back when out of the person’s presence. He has the worst traits of any person I know or have read about.
Not only does he lie so does all his staff around him. Nothing like this has ever happened in America before. Five times Vice President Pence said the reason for Comey’s firing was “to accept the recommendation of the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General,” to ask for the termination. So also did his staff like Sarah Huckabee (And most importantly, the rank-and-file of the FBI had lost confidence in their director. Accordingly, the President accepted the recommendation of his deputy attorney general to remove James Comey from his position.“) and Kellyanne Conway (“he acted decisively. He took the recommendation of [Rosenstein ]”and Sean Spicer (president was not aware of the probe until he received a memo from Rosenstein on Tuesday, along with a letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommending that Comey be fired. The president then swiftly decided to follow the recommendations . . . ” As you know Rosenstein’s memo related to the handling of the Clinton email investigation.
Sarah Huckabee, who has pushed Spicer aside as a better liar, is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the same place her father graduated from. As noted she said Comey had “lost the confidence” of the “rank-and-file” FBI employees . Acting director McCabe in his testimony under oath stated: “I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity . . . . I can tell you also that Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does until this day.”
Why all the lying? How do I know they are lying well because Trump gave us his reasons for firing Comey.
“I was going to fire regardless of recommendation (Rosenstein) made a recommendation … He made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.”
It wasn’t the recommendation that brought about the firing. That was the cover story. It wasn’t that Sessions and Rosenstein came to him with a memo. Trump met with Sessions and Rosenstein on Monday. He told them to provide him with a memo..
What is another lying excuse for the firing. Trump said contradicting McCabe that Comey is “. . . a showboat, he’s a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil. You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that.’
All lied. But there was one statement that was not a lie. Trump told us what he was thinking about that made him decide to fire Comey before any memos arrived. He said: “In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats . . . . ”
Comey was not fired for what was the purported reason put out at the time but for the “Russia thing.” This is an investigation of Trump and his involvement with Russians in interfering on his behalf with U.S. election. That is a clear attempt to interfere with a federal investigation which is obstruction of justice which is an impeachable offense.
The lies were not limited to that. Trump wrote Comey told him three times he was not under investigation. The first was when Comey asked for a private dinner with Trump. Another lie. It turns out Trump brought Comey to the dinner, Comey didn’t ask to meet with him. Trump at that time demanded his loyalty. Comey said he could only give him the truth.
As for Comey telling him he was not under investigation, only true Trump believers would accept that. Of course just by putting that in the letter firing Comey Trump disclosed it as a reason for the firing. And, look at the cowardly way he fired him. Sending his former body-guard over with a letter. Was not able to tell him to his face. Agh!
Comey was not my favorite guy. I was most upset at his announcing the opening of the Clinton investigation 11 days before the election. I questioned his earlier news conference stating they were not going to charge Clinton which should have been done by Loretta Lynch. But I figured Lynch had recused herself and the department from commenting because Bill Clinton put her in a spot when he met with her. Comey was the logical one to speak.
I also saw in Comey shades of J. Edgar Hoover who called the FBI Headquarters the “Seat of Government.” Yet I never questioned Comey’s integrity. He was not a crook. He did what he believed was right and was open about what he was doing.
The FBI director is appointed for 10 years. He is not supposed to be removed during that term so that he does not become a part of the political shenanigans in this country. Trump fired him to protect himself. That is plainly wrong. He fired him to cover up his dealings with Russia. If he did nothing wrong he would welcome the investigations. He doesn’t. He has thwarted both the House and Senate investigations and fired Comey. This is not how things are supposed to happen in America.
Correction: In the original version of this post I had in my mind the name of the Deputy Attorney General was Goldenstein rather than Rosenstein. When writing it, except when I took two quotes from other publications which had the name Rosenstein, I used Goldenstein. This was on four occasions. For that I apologize to Mr. Goldenstein.