James Comey should have been sacked months ago

First published May 10, 2017 in the Toronto Sun

Official Washington gasped when President Donald Trump exercised his legal right to fire FBI Director James Comey.

Frankly, it should have been done months ago and the sacking is hardly the “political explosion” trumpeted by CNN’s Dana Bash.

Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton — despite the liberal media’s relentless polling that predicted a Democrat victory — was truly a “political explosion.” Moreover, liberals calling Trump’s action “Nixonian” are equally laughable.

Republican President Richard Nixon was impeached for using the White House to spy on the Democratic Party.

The Nixon Library tweeted:

“FUN FACT: President Nixon never fired the Director of the FBI.”

Unfortunately, a disgraced, paranoid president sets no standard whatsoever for a president acting lawfully. Correct me if I’m wrong but Comey served at the pleasure of Trump. And that pleasure was clearly exhausted.

The sacking was quintessential Trump. After everyone assumed Comey was here to stay, Trump shocked swamp dwellers in Washington and the FBI director himself, delivering a terse late afternoon letter to Comey.

“While I greatly appreciated you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau,” Trump wrote.

To date, of the three ongoing investigations conducted by the FBI, the Senate and House, no conclusive evidence has been found to prove Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia to rig the election.

Comey’s thirst for political stardom — always eager to testify before Congress and preen in front of TV cameras — reportedly made Trump question his ability to conduct an independent investigation into the Russia controversy.

The president relied on a memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who concluded that Comey was no longer fit to serve as America’s top cop because of his bungling of Hillary’s e-mail investigation.

Legally, the FBI is not supposed to publicly confirm or deny ongoing investigations. Yet, Comey announced in a July 2016 press conference, that no charges would be filed against Hillary.

“It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do,” wrote Rosenstein.

Then, Comey boasted to Congress that he reopened the e-mail investigation days before the election. More recently, Comey announced to Congress and the world that the FBI was conducting an investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.

Regrettably, Trump dismissing Comey months into his presidency only will fuel Democrats’ obsession into the unfounded claims that Trump is trying to cover up a Russia conspiracy.

At the same time, Trump’s timing is brilliant.

Once again the mercurial president took charge of the Washington news cycle, shifting the narrative from Russia to Comey’s incompetence. Now all eyes, reporter ink and yack will be devoted to speculating and (trashing) who will lead “our crown jewel of law enforcement,” as Trump noted in his letter.

But Trump must swiftly nominate a new FBI director whose credentials, not to mention integrity, rivals that of a saint. The winning candidate must be a man or woman without ties to Trump’s campaign or presidency and capable of taking an unbiased look at the Russia investigation — wherever the evidence leads.

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