Abandon Ship Trumptanic is Sinking

Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, the day after Sally Yates mortally wounded him, because he refused to end the Russia Gate investigation and pledge his loyalty to Donald Trump.

Donald Trump and his confidant, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, decided to conceal the reason for firing Comey by ordering Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein to prepare a memo detailing mistakes Comey made in the run-up to the election. After receiving the memo, Trump and Sessions fired Comey and used the memo as the basis for firing him. Session’s participation in firing Comey for refusing to end the Russia Gate investigation was improper because he had recused himself from any role in the investigation.

Unable to resist the impulse to cover his tracks, Trump inserted the following exculpatory statement in his letter firing Comey,

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.

This statement is likely false. Comey testified before Congress that the FBI is investigating the Trump Campaign for possible collusion in Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and Trump is a likely target of that investigation. As a matter of policy, the FBI and the Department of Justice do not notify targets and subjects of investigations that they have been cleared or no longer are under investigation. Like a criminal defendant’s alibi that can be proven false, Trump’s statement may convict him if he should be prosecuted in federal court for obstruction of justice.

Adding insult to injury, Trump met yesterday at the White House with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The optics were terrible. Lavrov acted like the White House was his house. The U.S. Press was excluded from the meeting but Russian photographers were permitted to set up shop in the Oval Office and photograph the three men. Lavrov appeared to be the commanding influence.

Enough.

Republicans who continue to support Donald Trump are courting disaster. He’s going down. Continued support could result in indictments for obstruction of justice.

7 Responses to Abandon Ship Trumptanic is Sinking

  1. Trained Observer says:

    Am no fan of Comey’s after last July and October, which cost Hillary Clinton votes she desperately needed in Florida. … Nevertheless, he’s a pro and his notes alone should take down the Trumptanic.

    • Trained Observer says:

      I look forward to whatever role the IRS will play in concert with the special prosecutor in bringing down this charlatan.

  2. gblock says:

    It is part of Trump’s MO that whenever events start to paint him in a bad light, he will point his finger at something unrelated – hence the claims that Obama had Trump Tower bugged. And he showed more of the same here – trying to give the impression that Comey was fired over how he handled things with Hillary Clinton before the election. If that was the reason, when why didn’t Trump fire him during his first few weeks in office?

    The investigations will take some time at best. Remember that the Watergate burglary happened in 1972, but Nixon didn’t resign until August of 1974. Trump is probably trying to get a more compliant director for the FBI, to try to stop the investigation. And for the time being, the Republicans in Congress will probably go along with Trump also, and try to avoid appointing a special investigator/prosecutor. So this whole thing is likely to take a while.

  3. Thanks for your update!

  4. Wm Hunn says:

    I would be careful what I wish for.

    Waiting in the on deck circle is Pence, almost certainly a more competent advocate of the real republican wish list and eventually administrator of the ensuing legislation. Additionally, his first order of business will likely be to appoint a new VP quite likely even more distasteful and unelectable than Pence.

    The result could ultimately be to replace a relatively incompetent executive branch with an extremely competent one.

  5. MichelleO says:

    I just wonder what the end game is? They knew what they were doing when they supported this ignorant man for president, and knew he had skeletons in his closet that he wasn’t ready to reveal—yet they let this thing happen. What do they get out of letting a man such as this into the White House? I realize that I am naive and not great with crooked thinking. Somebody help me.

    • Well, you’ve come to the right place. Speaking as a former criminal defense attorney, I know a thing or two about crooked thinking. Republicans in Congress are terrified about offending Trump supporters, so they are determined to support him regardless what he says or does. That’s difficult to do since he’s a crazy con man without empathy and a moral compass.

      The latest Quinnipiac Poll: “Today’s job approval rating compares to a negative 40 – 56 percent approval rating in an April 19 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and a negative 35 – 57 percent score April 4, his lowest approval rating since he became president.”

      For more information on the results of the poll, go here: https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2456

      This poll was conducted before Yates testified and he fired Comey.

      I don’t believe the Republicans are going to ride the Trumptanic to the bottom, so I think their support is going to start melting like Arctic icebergs.

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