James Comey and the ‘third pole of power’
WASHINGTON, May 11, 2017 — Trump Derangement Syndrome is burning red hot since President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. Congressional Democrats, who hated Comey only last Monday and demanded his resignation for meddling in the 2016 presidential election by investigating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, were shocked, shocked the president fired the FBI director for his nothing-sandwich of an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The media, which railed against Comey in postmortem after postmortem on Clinton’s defeat, now equates President Trump’s firing of Comey with the 1973 “Saturday Night Massacre,” in which President Richard Nixon sacked Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Nixon’s action triggered the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Rukelshaus.
It is at this point we must go overseas to get a fresh perspective on the current American crisis.
“It is an open secret that US intelligence services have long sought to play a decisive political role in the life of the country,” says Dmitry Nersesov of Russia’s Pravda.
And since Comey “had compromising materials against both President Trump and his irreconcilable opponents,” he was given several choices: He “should either disappear, take the side of one of the two forces [Trump or Hillary] or create a third pole of power,” says Nersesov.
“Third pole of power” must be a Russian euphemism for “coup d’état.”
The problem, says Nersesov, is that “American special services have a weak point—their fragmentation and competition.” This prevented the FBI, CIA and NSA from agreeing on a clear White House winner.
“And the [Trump] White House fuels and supports their rivalry,” says Nersesov.
“James Comey has lost the game. Special services, whether FBI, the CIA or the NSA, should not control power. On the contrary, they must be kept under strict political control, and this control lies in the hands of President Trump.”
The legitimacy of the new administration came into question shortly after Trump took office. Forces within the U.S. intelligence community leaked unsubstantiated intelligence reports to the press suggesting Russian agents conspired with the Trump campaign to deny Hillary Clinton the presidency.
Former Director for National Intelligence, James Clapper, dismissed evidence collected in an FBI “counter intelligence investigation” of alleged collusion between Trump and Russia as unworthy of consideration.
But some would consider Clapper’s dismissal of the FBI’s investigation as an example of the interdepartmental rivalry among America’s “special services”—if you happen to be of the same conspiratorial mindset as Nersesov.
Anything is possible in a fevered imagination that’s fueled by Trump Derangement Syndrome.