LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2017 — In a long overdue move, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. While there were many justifiable reasons for the firing, Mr. Comey’s main sin was acting like James Comey. He was that rare combination of Washington bureaucrat who combined incompetence on the job with the arrogance of an overlord.
Comey managed to tick off Democrats and Republicans in the span of less than one year. He angered Democrats by opening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of an illegal server. He enraged Republicans by subsequently deliberately tanking the case and refusing to indict her.
Comey could be replaced by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, and most organ grinder monkeys. While the chimpanzees have never prosecuted a major case, they have also failed to deliberately sabotage a slam-dunk conviction as well.
As expected, Democrats scrambled to find a reason to reflexively object to Trump’s decision even though they agreed with it. They decided to question the timing of the firing. The question was, “why now?”
The answer that even Trump is far too polite to give is the reality check Democrats need to hear.
Trump fired him on this day because he can fire anyone in the Executive Branch at any time for any reason. Trump fired Comey because he can. Comey was an at-will employee, and Trump’s will was to replace him. Former President Bill Clinton fired FBI Director William Sessions. Presidents get to hire and fire their employees because that is what executives in any organization do. Those who object to Trump exercising his presidential executive prerogative are free to try and win an election and sit in the boss’s chair in the Oval Office. America is not France. In the United States, people who are terrible at their jobs get fired (unless they are public schoolteachers).
While cause is not required, Comey served up a cause for his firing on a platinum platter. His job was to refer the FBI’s findings on Hillary Clinton to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. While Lynch may well have also deliberately refused to prosecute Clinton, it should have been her decision to make.
Comey was breathtakingly smug in his testimony before members of congress. He refused to answer questions that deserved answers.
Trump critics will link Comey’s firing to some unexplainable conspiracy between Trump and the Russian government. At the time of Comey’s firing, Trump was not the target of any investigation. Since Trump and Putin have never met or done business together, the Russia scandal seems to be Democrat anger at losing an election. Since nobody in Congress is powerful enough to fire Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump, the highest scalp that could be claimed was Comey. Democrats will rage about Trump firing him while being thrilled that he was fired.
In the end, politicians who are terrible at their jobs are enraged that the White House fired a bureaucrat who was terrible at his job.
Comey’s replacement will most likely be somebody willing to work cooperatively with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on pursuing real crimes rather than mythical Russia conspiracies. Benghazi, IRS abuses, the Fast and Furious gunrunning sting, and Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server are all investigations that were stifled under Lynch and Comey. Clinton acolytes Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and John Podesta may now face consequences that they escaped when Lynch and Comey were running interference for President Barack Obama.
As for the Russia investigation, any evidence Comey has can immediately be released when he testifies before Congress again. If he has no evidence of collusion, the investigation will likely be closed.
Democrat leader Chuck Schumer insisted that Republicans will pay a heavy price for firing Comey. Schumer and his fellow Democrats also said Republicans would pay a heavy price for opposing climate change action and Judge Merrick Garland. Given that Democrats barely exist outside of the two coasts, Republicans will not be seeking political strategic advice from them.
James Comey was fired for looking, acting and sounding like James Comey.
Americans are tired of corruption, arrogance, and incompetence. They are fed up with public institutions being run by people dedicated to their own aggrandizement rather than the institutions they run. They are disgusted with people who ignore the service aspect of public service. They want people held accountable. Trump did just that.
Trump fired Comey because he can and because he should have.