The Comey Affair and Legacy
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Left and Right and Liberal and Conservative, Trump Haters and Lovers now have closure on a tough time. There was no evidence at all about a Trump Russia collusion. End of story, put a lid on it say good bye and be happy it is over.
Now the most interesting "The Rest of the Story" as our beloved Paul Harvey used to say. Is about calling Comey to testify in the first place.
Any intelligent person would understand Alan Dershowitz is an American treasure regarding our constitution. He is hands down the expert and professor in this field. Those who care listen to him. Make no mistake this man is consulted by the powerful and makes no qualms that he is truly bipartisan. (OK a bit liberal in construction to my tastes)
Weeks ago he told us flat out that no matter what the reason or the bias a president can fire and/or direct how the FBI director acts. President - Boss, FBI director - Employee. Basically that is the end of the story. FBI director serves at the pleasure of the President. The FBI director does not serve you and I. Nope not one bit. He is appointed by and can be fired by POTUS on a whim. It is perfectly legal for POTUS to fire an FBI director for investigating his wife. Again, end of story.
So to the rest of the story. The hearings with Comey were not conducted to find out if he was fired improperly or if he was directed or nudged in anyway regarding an investigation. All those Senators knew that that is totally irrelevant. They dang sure knew what Dershowitz told them. That there was absolutely nothing wrong with POTUS directing how the FBI did their job and/or firing the director if he did not do as directed. In fact it would be insubordination for the director not to do as told.
So why did they call Comey. It dang well was not about obstruction of justice and everyone with any knowledge and intelligence knew this fact. But did they quite grasp the rest of the story.
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We are in fact, every one of us beholding and bound to our laws. We were the first country to truly become a land that was governed by law and not men. For those who worry about a POTUS being above the law, do not worry. In nearly 250 years we have not fallen to that. We have two other branches of government that will see to it, that does not happen. Congress at all times can investigate and prosecute through impeachment a sitting POTUS. And they can do the politic thing and public thing and not carry it further - impeachment of Clinton and Nixon. Nixon resigned and Clinton carried on.
Please do not worry of such things.
The rest of the story was that senators wanted Comey to testify. They already knew that there was nothing to obstruction and most of them were already briefed in that the investigation into collusion was a done deal and there was nothing at all. So why bring him before them?
Well let us face it, the primary reason was for time in front of the cameras on an event rivaling super bowl audiences both domestic and abroad. But the main reason that they brought the world's worst whimp before congress was to move on. Comey is just the stupider than stupider sacrificial lamb.
Now take it easy. The senators did not do this for the truth of the matters asserted, they did it to get wingnuts to stop putting pressure on them. The crazed Trump hate and kill group was starting to get out of hand.
And secondly the senators needed some other source to say, "hey there is nothing here" because they just could not and keep the far out fringe element from blasting them come next elections cycle.
So it was with a great wink and nod that they served up a man that they knew would try to be a lap dog for both sides. The only person that Comey hurt today was Comey. Well except that he hurt America. He showed the weakest underbelly we have ever aired to the world. Conservatives love to criticize liberal presidents for being weak but what they mean is that they are not warmongering enough. But this man is just plain a weakling. Perhaps the worst indictment is against Obama for appointing him in the first place.
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News outlets are kind of taking it on the chin. They seem to have gotten the collusion investigation wrong. They lead with so many headlines and cover pieces. It has just got to hurt.
But do not worry they will do fine and keep up the work of the fourth estate.
And I truly hope that even though Comey clearly committed perjury and committed at least two class A felonies admitted to and even professed, that Trump directs the next FBI director to drop the whole issue for the nation. Trump needs to start directing the Justice Department to do as he directs so that our constitution is properly adhered to.