It Was Inevitable That Trump Would Fire James Comey

The FBI director repeatedly ventured into matters above his pay grade.

It was probably inevitable that Donald Trump would fire FBI Director James B. Comey. The surprising thing may be not that Trump terminated him today, but that Trump waited as long as he did. Comey has repeatedly displayed lamentably bad judgment. The question that those outside of Washington may wonder about is whether anyone can shoot straight in this town. Institution after institution has come into disrepute because of bungling by top government officials. Comey’s missteps are not an aberration, but part of a broader pattern in Washington.

Trump declared, “While I greatly appreciate 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.” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was right to say that Comey brought discredit upon the FBI by publicly discussing the investigation of Hillary Clinton during the campaign. Trump called the FBI the nation’s “crown jewel” of law enforcement and said he would move to restore its reputation….

Source: It Was Inevitable That Trump Would Fire James Comey | The National Interest


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