Saturday, May 13, 2017
President Trump Showed he Is a Decisive Leader in Firing FBI Director James Comey
President Trump sent a message when he sent 60 cruise missiles to Syria. President Trump sent the same message yesterday when he fired FBI Director James Comey. President is a strong, decisive leader. He will take action when he thinks it is needed. No dithering No appeasement No apologies Bold, decisive action His version of President Reagan and the air traffic controllers And the Democrats? A reflexive call for “Special Prosecutor!” The Democrats and media are hyperventilating over the firing of Comey, just as they hyperventilated many times in the election, Trump’s first 100 days, and in future. Maybe, one of these times, they might connect with the American public. But after months of lambasting Comey, they are now trying to make him a martyr. You have to read George Orwell’s 1984 to understand the gyrations. Steve Carrell went onto his show and announced that President Trump had fired James Comey. The audience cheered – not the reaction the anti-trump Colbert expected. The Democrats and media are proclaiming a constitutional crisis. Senator Blumenthal (D. Ct.) joined Representatives Maxine Waters, Al Green, Jared Huffman, John Yarmuth, Mark Pocan, Hakeen Jeffries, Tulsi Gabbard, Keith Ellison, Joaquin Castro, and Jamie Raskin in using the “impeachment” word. And for James Comey? He should have been fired months ago. Incompetence Grandstanding He has a history of mistakes at the FBI. The San Bernardino and Orlando Pulse Nightclub occurred on his watch as the FBI flubbed the investigations. He followed up the San Bernardino tragedy by demanding Apple provide the tools to unlock the shooter’s IPhone5S four digit pin number. He wanted the ability to break into any IPhone, using San Bernardino as the lever to do so. Apple stood by its customers. An outside supplier ultimately sold a solution to the Justice Department. He appointed his good pal, Pat Fitzgerald (two peas in a pod) as special prosecutor in the Valerie Plame investigation. Valerie was a CIA analyst, whose CIA identity was ostensibly disclosed eventhough she was not undercover. The question was who leaked it to Robert Novak, the columnist? The media and Democrats went ballistic, hoping to nail the Bush Administration, especially Karl Rove, for illegally disclosing her identity. They were even dreaming at the prospect of an indictment of the Vice President. Fitzgerald quickly identified the source, Richard Armitage, an assistant to Secretary of State Colin Powell, and an opponent of the war. Fitzgerald though did not stop at that point; instead, he continued the investigation. He indicted Scooter Libby, the national security advisor to Vice President Chaney on five counts of providing false statements to an FBI agent. He mishandled the Clinton email scandal. He has been quiet about the leaks of the President’s telephone calls and of General Michael Flynn. Rod Rosenstein, the career prosecutor, confirmed three weeks ago by the Senate as Deputy Attorney General, wrote a letter recommending the termination. He represented the view of the career FBI agents and United States Attorneys who were shocked and chagrined by Comey’s July and October unprofessional behavior. The FBI investigates and U.S. Attorneys prosecute. They have separate and distinct roles. Comey both investigated and made the decision to not prosecute. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein wrote: “[T]he FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department.” Comey’s press statement on July 5 was “a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do.” He usurped the powers of the Attorney General. Attorney General Lynch may have been compromised because of the tarmac meeting with President Clinton, but she had not recused herself. If she couldn’t make the decision, then the Deputy Attorney general, Sally Yates, could have done so. The FBI Director took it upon himself to make the decision to not prosecute. Not only did he violate Justice department protocol in doing so, but he also rewrote the statute to include an intent requirement. Her conduct of gross negligence violated the statute. He further failed to understand a rule of the FBI. The Director of the FBI, unlike a prosecutor, does not revel in the limelight. As Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein wrote: “It is not the function of the director to make such an announcement. … Compounding the error, the director ignored another longstanding principle: We do not press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation.” James Comey acquired a reputation both as a shrew political operative and as untouchable in his job. The Democrats wanted Comey fired because he cost Secretary Clinton the election. Now he is a martyr, the victim of a conspiracy, a cover up. Nixon, Nixonian, Watergate, Saturday Night Massacre are flooding the airways. To understand how the Democrats and media could turn in an instance, please read George Orwell’s 1984. Senator Ron Wyden echoed Watergate: “Follow the Money.” By all means follow the money to the Clinton Foundation and President Clinton in Secretary Clinton signing off on a Russian company acquiring 20% of the United States uranium supply. Follow the money on Secretary Clinton’s Russian reset. James Comey became FBI Director on September 13, 2013 after prostrating himself before President Obama. Comey wanted the position. He then owed President Obama. The debt was paid in the October news conference when he exonerated Secretary Clinton. We are witnessing the next 3½ years as the Democrats and media combine to trash President Trump every conceivable second for any conceivable reason. Right or wrong, he will always be wrong and his motives questioned in their eyes. They won’t let the facts get in the way of sliming President Trump. It didn’t work during the campaign. It won’t work now. They still don’t understand President Trump. He may be unconventional, but he is decisive.