AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING! IT’S DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN!
THE FIRING OF FBI DIRECTOR COMEY IS TRUMP’S “TUESDAY AFTERNOON MASSACRE!”
For those of you who were not yet born or maybe were too young to have experienced Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre,” as it was called, you will be lost, perhaps, as to why electric shocks that went through me when I heard this. I get push notifications from the Washington Post on Breaking News Headlines and when I saw this one announcing Trump’s firing of Comey I nearly collapsed.
Short history of October 20, 1973 “The Saturday Night Massacre.” Nixon was being investigated by an Independent Special Prosecutor, Archibold Cox, as a result of the break-in of the DNC’s headquarters in the Watergate complex here in D.C. As a means of cutting off the investigation, Nixon fired Cox but then Attorney General Elliott Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned in protest. This is what eventually (a year later) led to Nixon’s impeachment hearings and ultimately led to his resignation.
Now, Jeff Sessions is certainly not going to resign in this case, we know this, but I don’t think Trump has any idea what he’s unleashed. You can be damned certain that all the investigations into him, his family and the Russian connections are going to be ramped up. The FBI is going to wildly pissed not only just for the firing but for the way in which it was done. This might be the action that forces an Independent Prosecutor or some other version of an outside investigation to be created. (Let’s hope so.) And the reasoning for Trump’s firing of FBI Director Comey? The Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General’s letters cite the handling of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail investigation. WHAT THE FUCK? The e-mails that Trump campaigned on as proving that Hillary was a lying, cheating and devious criminal? Really? The handling of the Hillary e-mail investigation that led to the Trump rally’s (and Flynn’s) breaking into boisterous chants of “Lock Her Up! Lock Her Up!” WHAT THE FUCK? Comey’s last July public testimony where he called out Clinton for her sloppiness, carelessness, endangering national security and not following government protocols? Trump was thrilled about it!
And what about Comey? He has testified in public that he is a career bureaucrat who has always treated his duty as sacrosanct, that he is not swayed or influenced by politics or personalities. He portrays himself as a selfless FBI professional guy who would only be guided by the law no matter where it might lead. As we all know, as a result of his July testimony, Comey can only be fired by the President and many Democrats back then called for his firing. You think the entire FBI with its 35,000 employees are going to applaud Trump’s rash decision? I think not. These men and woman do not take to being shit on lightly. Now, I can guarantee you that they are going to be more Republicans who are going to abandon Trump. Apparently Trump thinks that he’s still on The Apprentice and can fire anyone at will with no consequences. He’s going to learn a very hard lesson about just how different is reality television from the real world of government.
The parallels to Richard Nixon’s firing of the Special Prosecutor in the Watergate investigation, “The Saturday Night Massacre,” are both astounding and downright eerie. It was Nixon’s actions in the Watergate investigation when he basically tried to shut down the investigation, that shocked the country and shifted public opinion against him. It caused a huge tidal wave of criticism and altered the very nature of the investigations. I expect the same is going to happen to Trump.
But here’s the most damning conclusion that one might draw from Trump’s “Tuesday Afternoon Massacre:” Apparently the FBI has the goods on Trump.
It’s A Very Good Day Folks!
PS: Just a by the way: Comey was scheduled to testify this Thursday before the House Intelligence Committee. Trump's firing is just a coincidence, right?