Disgrace (James Brien Comey, Jr.)


In this photo taken May 8, 2017, FBI Director James Comey speaks in Washington. A person familiar with the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server says Huma Abedin did not forward "hundreds and thousands" of emails to her husband's laptop, as FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

And then there is this.

President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s election meddling.

In a letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore “public trust and confidence” in the FBI. Comey has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his role in an investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s email practices, including a pair of letters he sent to Congress on the matter in the closing days of last year’s election.

Trump made no mention of Comey’s role in the Clinton investigation, which she has blamed in part for the election result that put him in the White House. But in announcing the firing, the White House circulated a scathing memo, written by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, criticizing Comey’s handling of the Clinton probe, including the director’s decision to hold a news conference announcing its findings and releasing “derogatory information” about Clinton.


While Democrats hem and haw between caution and panic, it would probably behoove us all to simply wait and see what happens next. There remains time aplenty for setting our hair ablaze. Perhaps, you know, Donald Trump will actually act presidential and nominate someone reputable.

Right. Still, though, no point in bawling until we see just how much of what is spilled where.

Nonetheless, we, the People get to be disappointed, and extraordinarily so, at not simply being let down, but outright betrayed by law enforcement. This is the legacy of James Brien Comey, Jr.


Image note: Former FBI Director James B. Comey. (Detail of photo by Susan Walsh/AP Photo)

Pace, Julie. “Trump abruptly axes FBI’s Comey in midst of Russia probe”. Associated Press. 9 May 2017.

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