Friday, May 12, 2017

Is ThisThe Real Reason Why Comey Was Fired?

The Trump administration has offered two reasons for Trump's decision to fire Comey.  The first reason, that came from his PR staff, made it seem like Trump simply followed a recommendation from Comey's supervisors in the Justice Department.  Anyone who believed that story has a mental disorder.  Trump decided to tell a different story after the first story created laughter.  It was also designed more carefully to protect him from potential legal problems.  He told NBC that he fired Comey because he had been doing a bad job.  He also described three meetings with Comey in which he was told that he was not a subject in the Russian investigation.  He took pains to mention that three times because it would have illegal for him to fire Comey if he was under investigation.  He also described one of his meetings with Comey in the White House as a meeting requested by Comey.  In other words, Comey was sucking up to him to save his job.  Another story has surfaced which refutes Trump's version of his meeting with Comey.

Sources close to Comey claim that Comey told them a very different story.  They were told that the meeting was requested by Trump.  During that meeting Trump asked Comey whether he would be loyal to the president.  Comey responded by saying that he would be honest.  Trump subsequently asked Comey whether he would be "honestly loyal".  That was not the answer that Trump was looking for.  He demands total loyalty from his foot soldiers like any Mafia boss would do.  Comey believes that his downfall with Trump began in that meeting.  Trump watched Comey carefully during his interviews in public meetings with congressional committees.  He was displeased with Comey's version of honest loyalty.  The FBI director was in a powerful position which could be harmful to him if he did not get complete loyalty.  Trump has been caught telling lies or providing misleading statements hundreds of time since he was elected.  If we have to choose between a story told by Trump or one coming from Comey it would be a "no contest decision". 

The real reason my be something like this:

Recounting his decision to dismiss Comey, Trump told NBC News, “In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.’”

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