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Comey's Firing - Hypocrisy, Insecurity And/Or Something Larger
by John Jazwiec

One of Trump's gifts is that his hyperbole and bizarre tweets/comments come so fast and furious that I and most people can keep up with them.

HRC, her supporters and some Democrats, who were furious over Comey's election decision making, are now calling out the Trump administration for his firing. That's just hypocrisy. 

Trump at best, showed his tendency towards extreme insecurity by firing Comey. It came a day after Yates made Trump look bad. And putting "While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation" showed an insecurity with a non sequitur argument that had nothing to do with the intent of the letter. 

While I don't accept the argument that firing Comey was akin to Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre nor the logic given his false testimony regarding the Clinton emails, I do see an accumulation of actions that optically question whether Trump is hiding something.

Said accumulation has to include the firing the respected NY District Attorney who was in a position to investigate Trump in his business venue. The 18 day delay in firing Flynn, from being told of by Yates twice after his inauguration. Comey being fired right after he requested more resources to investigate Russian collusion. Session's requirement to recuse himself in the investigation, while his new deputy - two weeks into the job - but still allowing said new deputy to opine that Comey should be fired and was fired the same day. 

At the very least, Trump - who is being sued for violations of the Emoluments Clause - has unknown business ties to Russia. He denies it. But his son has already said that not only do they do "a lot of business in Russia", but has reportedly said "We don't rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia."

It is not illegal to do business with Russia. What is illegal is Trump denying it. That could be relevant to collusion with Russia or have nothing to do with it. Again it's at least an optical problem.

Nixon's fall was not so much the Watergate break in, but the coverup. Subpoenas - like the ones issued against Flynn - lead to lower people being flipped. 

The problem in all this, is not as much a constitutional crisis, as it is a presidential/public leadership crisis. When will the public completely distrust the Trump administration? When will members of the GOP, in the House and the Senate, reach a tipping point where they start looking out for themselves and turn on a life-long Democrat who hijacked their party?

I don't know if it is within Trump's temperament or the constraints of his legal liability, to just come out and tell the truth and stop the slow dripping/draining of his presidency. Nixon knew and latter said that's what he should have done. 

But if Trump doesn't stop the theatrical optics now, he is almost certain to lose the faith of his party and the country at the very least. Or face a possible impeachment/resignation.

It is important to remember that it took almost two years for Watergate to bring Nixon down. So unless Trump stops all of this with transparency and truth, there is going to be a lot more chapters to be written about Trump's presidency or lack there of. 



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