America's reality show preznit Donald Trump to James Comey: "you're fired". John Podesta (HRC's campaign manager) via tweet following the firing: "didn't you know you're supposed to wait til Saturday night to massacre people investigating you?".
|The "Saturday Night Massacre" was one of the most dramatic turns of events in the Watergate scandal - the political drama that rocked the United States in the 1970s and led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. President Nixon and the Attorney General's office were locked in a political standoff over Nixon's refusal to comply with orders to release recordings of White House conversations. Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. But Attorney General Elliot Richardson and his deputy William Ruckelshaus resigned rather than comply with the order. Cox was eventually fired by the US solicitor general.|
Critics of President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey see similarities between Cox's firing decades ago and Trump's action on Tuesday. The Trump administration, critics say, is trying to undermine the FBI's investigation into allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, just as Nixon tried to stop lawmakers from learning the truth about his role in the Watergate scandal. (Comey firing draws comparisons to Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" by Joe Sterling. CNN, 5/10/2017).
So, are we going to get a special prosecutor now and will investigations into Trump lead to his resignation or impeachment? BTW, Trump cited Jeff Sessions as recommending the firing. Huh. I thought Sessions said he'd recuse himself in regards to the Trump/Russia investigation (due to his being caught lying to Senator Franken about his own Russia connections). Then he tells Trump to fire the head guy investigating his campaign?
"While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation" Trump's letter to Comey informing him of the firing reads - a claim that is complete BS. According to The Washington Post, "speaking to reporters Tuesday evening, [White House Press Secretary] Spicer said he did not know what the three occasions were when Comey told Trump that he wasn't under investigation". That's because it never happened.
BTW, according to Fox Nooz, Comey "resigned". Malcolm Nance (on the 5/10/2017 of the Stephanie Miller Show) said 2 names being floated as Comey replacements include Rudy Giuliani (who has also been linked to Russia) and Sheriff Clarke (RW hero who allowed a prisoner to be murdered by guards in his jail).
Two individuals who will be certain to
pick up shut down the Trump/Russia investigation. Time for a special prosecutor.
See also: [RNUSA] Trump Fires Comey [5/9/2017]. RN writes "Are Trump's true motives obvious on this? or is it just me?"... No it is not just you. As per the Washington Post "Trump has given every reason for us to believe he fired Comey over the Russia investigation". BTW, as per the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele dossier, there exists "records of payments from the Trump campaign to banks of Russian cyber trolls tasked with spreading disinformation ahead of the 2016 election".
5/16/2017 Update: From the NYT... "President Trump asked the FBI director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. I hope you can let this go, the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo". Comey didn't let it go and got fired. Isn't this obstruction of justice and an impeachable offense? Time for Congressional Democrats to shut down Congress until we get a special prosecutor, IMO.
5/19/2017 Update: Trump to Russian officials, admitting (again) obstruction of justice: "I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off".