Just one day after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, just one day after White House spokespeople insisted that the reason Comey was fired was because he was bad at his job, Trump bragged to the Russians that firing “nut job” Comey would take the pressure off of him.
The meeting, which was between Trump and Russian Ambassador/alleged top spy Sergey Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, raised a lot of suspicions, especially since it took place immediately after the firing and did not allow American media. Only Russian state media was allowed to attend. Still, some of the transcripts have been released and if Trump is trying to pretend anymore that his firing of Comey had anything to do with anything but Russia, that ruse is over.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”
Source: NY Times
While it’s not illegal for Trump to fire the Director of the FBI, trouble starts mounting when it becomes obstruction of justice, which it may be if Trump (as he admitted) fired Comey to stop the investigation.
The White House is not denying the quotes, but is trying to spin it to sound as if Comey was interfering with Trump’s ability to do his job, oh, and that real concern isn’t Russia being involved with U.S. elections, the real problem is that people leak knowledge of potential criminal activity.
“The President has always emphasized the importance of making deals with Russia as it relates to Syria, Ukraine, defeating ISIS and other key issues for the benefit and safety of the American people,” Spicer said in a statement to CNN. “By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia.”
He added, “The investigation would have always continued, and obviously, the termination of Comey would not have ended it. Once again, the real story is that our national security has been undermined by the leaking of private and highly classified conversations.”
Another Trump official said that it was a negotiating tactic, to make the Russians feel obligated to the United States out of something like pity for the poor, beleaguered billionaire. You may recall that Trump also tried to impress the Russians — like a 5th grader might impress a 7th grader — by offering them highly classified secrets that came from the Israelis.
If Trump fired Comey with the intention of taking the heat off, it backfired. Not only is the current acting FBI Director continuing the investigation, but he has hired a Special Counsel to investigation all connections between the Trump team and Russians.
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