Trump’s very short notice on the firing, left many thinking the Sessions/ Rosenstein letters from the Dept of Justice was the pretense, rather than the reason for Comey’s firing.
The leaks from the White House are taken far more seriously than Trump’s notice, because they make sense. Comey wasn’t political. He was excessively truthful, experienced and articulate. These were not redeeming qualities in the mind of the President.
Why are the two letters from the Department of Justice considerable laughable? Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s letter states two reasons for firing Comey all stemming from his July 5, 2016 press conference. First was that he usurped his authority by the public announcement clearing Clinton of criminal wrongdoing. Didn’t stop Trump, fellow Republicans in Congress, and a half dozen commentators on Fox News from slamming Clinton and calling her a crook for the next 5 months. In fact, Trump was attacking AG Loretta Lynch for her meeting with Bill Clinton on her plane. Trump wanted to show the American people, that both the FBI and DOJ could not be trusted for a fair evaluation of the Clinton investigation.
Rosenstein did not say that Comey broke any rule or law, only a tradition not to comment on cases until there is a review by the Justice Department. Comey told the Senate Committee that he decided to come public after there were very unique circumstances. His decision was related to concern for the public’s perception of the DOJ’s impartiality.
That public perception of FBI/DOJ cover up was created and promoted by Trump, and many Republicans in Congress. Many in Congress were calling for an independent Special Investigator which would delay the conclusions of the investigation for months. FBI/DOJ cover up went in high gear on June 30, 2016 with the chance meeting between Lynch and Bill Clinton, on a Lynch’s private plane. Trump accused AG Loretta Lynch of lying when she said they just talked about golf, grandchildren and other pleasantries. He said it was BS and it was really about the email investigation.
Now, the second of Rosenstein’s reasons is really an over the top, piece of absurdity, only a lawyer could make. He attacks Comey’s derogatory comments about Hillary Clinton. Under a normal environment, the FBI must be very careful of what is said. However, this was hardly a normal environment, as the public was being informed every time they turned on television, that Hillary was either completely innocent or totally guilty of criminal activity.
It was great to have the FBI Director Comey at the end of his investigation to publically state to the public what exactly the FBI had discovered and had not discovered. To do less, would have been concealment of facts to the public. Either Clinton or Trump was going to be President, and had Comey delayed what had been finally concluded, even for one day, would have given the public the impression of a cover up.
Of course, the real benefactor of Attorney’s derogatory comment, was candidate Trump, who for the next six months would lamblast Clinton for her extremely reckless handling of the emails. It is laughable that Trump would fire an FBI Directory, who at least in this aspect, helped him immensely become elected.
Comey had two messages for the American public in July 5, 2016. The first was that Clinton was wrong in setting up an independent server for her email, and second, this activity was not at the level of wrong doing that would be considered criminal. The Department of Justice could have overruled Comey’s conclusion. In fact, the DOJ has the FBI file, and they could always press charges.
So, forget this Sessions/ Rosenstein letter. Trump never made much of it. Comey was too straight forward, too honest, too articulate and too accurate. No marketing skills whatsoever. That’s what I liked about Comey.
Now, Trump is searching for that one individual with less integrity, and more loyalty, and will still be approved by the Senate as Director of the FBI. Good luck!
The firing was, and still is about the Russian investigation.