“WHEN THINGS CALM DOWN”
by Sharon Rondeau
A political furor arose on Tuesday evening after major media made the announcement between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. EDT that Comey was terminated upon the recommendation of recently-confirmed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Some Democrats who had called for Comey’s ouster after he announced that he had reopened an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct business at the U.S. State Department, which she headed between February 2009 and January 2013, immediately claimed that Trump’s decision was faulty.
Clinton was determined to have sent classified information to non-government individuals, including longtime acquaintance Sidney Blumenthal, over the unsecured server which was believed to have been hacked by a number of hostile entities.
On July 5, 2016, Comey gave a press conference during which he said that despite a long list of potentially criminal violations on Clinton’s part associated with her use of the server, the FBI would not recommend her prosecution.
After the news broke, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer gave a brief statement to the press in which he suggested that Trump’s firing of Comey was motivated by his desire to “cover up” an ongoing investigation into allegations that Trump and/or his campaign associates and the Russian government were colluding during last year’s presidential campaign.
Members of Congress have admitted to the press that thus far, no evidence has surfaced showing that Trump or any of his colleagues had inappropriate ties to Russia.
Both Schumer and Sen. Charles Grassley, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that they received advance notice from Trump that he would be firing Comey.
Democrats are calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to complete the Russia investigation.
On May 3, Comey apparently provided inaccurate testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding emails which former Clinton aide Huma Abedin “forwarded” to her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner, and how many contained classified information.
Comey also declined to prosecute Abedin, citing that her “intent” to commit a crime in her handling of the emails could not be established. Many have criticized Comey for adhering to that standard for Abedin and Clinton when others have gone to prison for similar activity.
Prior to his predictive tweet, Trump had tweeted that Comey’s replacement “will do a far better job.”
Several names have surfaced as to who that person might be, including Milwaukee County, WI Sheriff David Clarke, Rep. Trey Gowdy, and former longtime NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.