Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Trump and Comey

President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey yesterday. There are a number of ways to look at this, none of which is good for Trump.

THE COMPETENCE ANGLE: Word is no one at the White House thought this was going to be a big deal. If that's accurate, these people are even more out of their league than I previously thought. Also, it's said there's no replacement plan in place yet, and the paper trail was created in the past day. When the best-case scenario is "the boss decided to fire a high-level official on the spur of the moment," you have some competency problems.

THE LEGAL ANGLE: This is a red herring. Trump supporters are talking about the president's prerogative* to fire Comey, and it's true that Trump has that prerogative**. But just because a guy can legally do something doesn't mean he should, because....

THE RUSSIA ANGLE: I have to admit, Trump's Russia connections first struck me as less important. However, the more we look into the connections, the more Trump tries to cover them up. Just about the only consistent position of his presidency so far has been impeding the investigation into his Russia connections. This makes it look a lot worse than it looked back on Monday.

THE CONGRESSIONAL ANGLE: Remember, Congress can make law without the president's involvement, or even over the president's objection. So this shouldn't really derail any investigation. If it does, it means Congress has decided to not cross a weak, unpopular president. Why? Does Trump have dirt on them? How many models must have peed on Congress to make THIS the expedient course of action? Like, a million?

THE MANCHURIAN ANGLE: What if Trump wasn't Russia's guy all along? What if Trump is just the patsy that makes it so Putin's ACTUAL preferred candidate, Mike Pence, ends up president? (This is probably not true, but it would be a fun "twist" ending to the American republic.)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the history books covering the Trump presidency will be fascinating.

* = Thanks, SpellCheck.

** = Now that I've learned how to spell "prerogative," I'm going to use it as many times as I can in this post. Prerogative.

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