Farewell to FBI Director James Comey. I give thanks to him for destroying the presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton though, strangely, it seems to be the reason Donald Trump fired him.
Seriously though, this was a purely Machiavellian coup in terms of its surprise and impact. Comey had taken too much of the heat for seemingly granting Trump the victory last November (as far as certain pollsters are concerned) and it was necessary for Trump to do this and to demonstrate that he owed him nothing. Importantly too, there was zero chance that the reputation of the FBI could be restored as long as Comey remained in that position. This was a good move on Trump’s part.
That’s not to say that everything is going to go roses for Trump from here, particularly with regard to the Russian hacking investigation. I don’t see how the Administration can continue to resist the appointment of an independent prosecutor. Hell, it’s necessary.
Exit question: Do you think there’s any chance that Trump fired Comey because he knew that the Russian hacking investigation was wrapping up and was going to have a favorable result? The optics would have been terrible if Comey was both the kingmaker and the one who then cleared Trump’s Administration of wrongdoing in the other election factor.