May 10, 2017
President Trump fired FBI director James Comey on Tuesday citing his handling of the Clinton email public records case.
Of course, our team will all claim that the reason for the firing was to impede the investigation into the Russian hacking of our election. Many people on our side still think that Vladimir Putin hacked the election and made Trump president. Of course, I think this is wishful thinking and that the real reason we lost is because Hilary Clinton was a seriously flawed candidate. Oh how I wish we had nominated Bernie Sanders so badly!
It’s amazing to me that here we are several months into Trump’s presidency and we’re still talking about the Clinton email case. Look, we all know what happened. Hilary clearly setup her own private email server and put it in her house so that she could keep her emails private. Basically, she wanted Snapchat for her government emails while she was Secretary of State.
Why did she want her emails private while working as Secretary of State? The only possible reason is that she did not want her emails being available as public records to anyone that made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. As we can clearly see from her actions, this is clearly the case. She printed out emails, turned over only some of her emails, completely deleted and wiped thousands of emails so they could never be recovered and was found to have clearly sent and received a number of emails that contained classified information. BTW, the improper handling of classified information in this manner is a crime (regardless of what FBI director Jim Comey said).
Of course, this is just the reason given for the dismissal of Jim Comey. The real reason is that nobody trusts the guy. Our team completely hates him for re-opening the investigation into Hilary Clinton’s emails right before the election. The Republicans hate him for saying that no prosecutor in the world would make the decision to prosecute Hilary after he basically stated she broke the law by having classified information on her private server.
At the end of the day, the president can fire the FBI director whenever he wants. The only really interesting things here are the timing of the decision and the reason stated for the firing. Both of those aren’t really that interesting and I believe this is just Trump and his unusual style in action.