Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

Shocking news, President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey, the guy who is leading an investigation of possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russians. The Trump administration says the firing is not because of the Russian investigation, but rather it is because of the Comey led investigation last year into the Hillary Clinton email scandal.

Photo by Joe Hight: FBI headquarters, Washington, DC, summer 2016

We all know Trump likes to fire people and is practiced at it from his days on his TV show The Apprentice. But this is the presidency of the United States. This firing is bizarre and fraught with danger. It is a reminder of the Saturday night massacre that occurred on a Saturday night in 1973 when President Richard Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, followed by the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus over the investigations into the break in of the Democratic party offices in the Watergate complex in Washington, DC.

The Saturday night firing and the subsequent continuing investigation and investigative reporting and open public hearings in Congress led to Nixon resigning from the presidency. Nixon has been the only president in U.S.history to resign from the presidency while under investigation for misconduct, cover ups and for possible crimes. President Gerald Ford who rose from Vice President to replace Nixon as president, pardoned Nixon for any possible crimes he may have committed.

The Trump administration gave Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation last summer as a reason for Comey's firing, implying it was not because of the FBI investigation of the possible Trump-Russian connections. In fact, in Trump's letter to Comey, Trump says that he appreciated Comey thrice ensuring Trump that he, Trump, was not under investigation by the FBI, but that he, Trump, was accepting the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he, Comey, be dismissed. We will have to wait to see what Comey says of his reported assurance to Trump that Trump was not under investigation.

Of course, we know that Sessions was appointed by Trump, and Sessions himself was caught in not revealing his communication with a Russian diplomat and reported spy when he was a member of the Trump campaign.

Maybe there will be a second president in U.S. history that will be forced to resign.

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