Early in May President Donald J. Trump, without directly notifying James Comey
, fired him as Director of the FBI. Later Comey received a letter from the President which stated: “I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Trump had earlier requested these letters.
“I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately. While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgement of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau. It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its law enforcement mission. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.” It is signed with Trump’s large signature.
While the Director made outlandish mistakes with the Clinton email investigation the question remains: Why did Trump fire him?
On Thursday, June 8, 2017 James Comey, the former head or Director of the FBI testified to and was questioned by the Judicial Committee of the U.S. Senate. Comey, as we’ve seen had been arbitrarily fired several weeks earlier by President Donald J. Trump. Initially, according to Trump, he had been fired for incompetence but later in a TV interview with Lester Holt Trump stated that he had been fired for continuing the investigation of collusion between the Trump people and Russia during the 2016 Presidential Election.
It would seem that Comey was fired for refusing to express his loyalty to Trump over the Constitution. Trump stated to Lester Holt that he had decided to fire Comey even before he received the letters from the from the Department of Justice.
Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election by every intelligence agency in the U. S. Government. Among other things of hacking into and releasing Democratic emails, both real and made up, shortly before the election. Trump has consistently denied that this was possible.
If one goes back to President Trump’s political campaign and considers what candidate Trump said it presents an image of a dark America where everyone has to struggle endlessly to survive. This seems to be Trump’s world where he had bullied his way through as CEO of his own company surrounded by “Yes, men.” Trump, according to one of his aids, Kellyanne Conway, lives in an alternate reality. His values and concepts are different from those of most people. In all probability he believes he has forced his success as a builder of hotels and golf courses by bullying and not allowing people to take advantage of him. Instead he has been in a position to take advantage of others by limiting his payments to them. This includes attorneys, contractors, and waiters working for him. I imagine he doesn’t consider himself dishonest but shrewd. To the people he has dealt with in this fashion he is a thief, totally dishonest. To himself he is a winner and they are the losers. This is the way he does his business. And this seems to be the way he is attempting to run the United States of America as its President.
Of course the people to whom he has done this can sue him and some have successfully. But in most cases the lawsuit cost as much as Trump owes them or possibly even more. Trump will stall these cases, of which there have been over two thousand, dragging them on as long as possible, and allowing the costs for his opponents to mount endlessly.
Interestingly, with the appointment of a special prosecutor after the firing of James Comey as Director of the FBI by the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller, former FBI Director, to investigate Trump’s possible collusion with Russia before and/or during the2016 Presidential Election, Trump has had a need to hire a private attorney. Four of the leading law firms that handle this type of case turned him down, apparently for one or both of the following reasons: he doesn’t necessarily fully pay his attorneys, currently owing one firm about $96,000 and he doesn’t follow his lawyer’s advice. He was forced to hire a lawyer who has great experience at being a bully and threatening people rather than one with experience in this area. In fact his current attorney is currently undergoing an ethics investigation. Conceivably he could lose his license to practice law. Trump’s attorney, meanwhile, has hired another attorney experienced in the President’s problem area, to help defend Trump.
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s ex-favorite author and philosopher, Ayn Rand, whose philosophy Ryan followed until he found out she was an atheist, then he presumably dropped her and her philosophy. If he had read her philosophical work he would have figured out that fact early. Ayn Rand sees religion as the means of controlling the masses, particularly by the group she calls the “witch doctors,” which are in reality the religious priests.
Ayn Rand’s philosophy, that she called objectivism, divides the people into four groups: the first is Attila, this includes all those who rule by force; the second is the witch doctors, the anti-intellectuals, the priests who supply systems of belief that cannot be supported by facts or logic. This would be all the mystical beliefs that people supposedly live by, that are anti-intellectual and mystically assumed. These are all the religious beliefs that allow the common man to be ruled by the “witch doctors,” priests and rulers who exploit their productivity. The rulers (Atelia’s) and the witch doctors (priests) produce nothing but utilize the productivity of the masses for their own benefit. This is an apt description of Donald Trump.
The third group would be the innovators who through logic and reason develop the technology needed to increase productivity. These are her heroes or supermen, the ones who bring about societal innovation and progress.
I imagine that Paul Ryan saw/sees himself as a member of this group. He was probably loath to give up this position. In reality Ryan, no doubt, still sees himself as of being the new man, tying together all the different aspects of the Republican Party. But Ayn Rand, if she were alive today, would see Ryan as the ultimate witch doctor. Bringing together all the different elements of the Republican Party so that they could exploit the system for the benefit of the few who gain directly from the party; that is the wealthy who gain from the productivity of the mosses.
And the fourth group would be the overall masses that have been exploited over the ages supplying the needs of the first two groups, the Atalla’s and the witch doctors, while in many instances, doing without themselves.
Interestingly Donald J. Trump combines the first two types. He has been/is both a conqueror and a witch doctor, exploiting both directly and indirectly a great number of people for his own use. There is the example of Trump University as well as all the people on all levels who have worked for him and not been fully paid for their services. But then Trump is the ultimate narcissist. He sees everything in terms of himself and how he benefits.
Trump claims that in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, James Comey, the former Director of the FBI told lies to Congress. I doubt whether he did. Watching Comey testify I got the impression that he was playing the perfect Boy Scout. Actually he was being a super Eagle Scout.
Directly after each meeting he had had with Trump Comey wrote down everything that was said at the meeting and apparently kept a meticulous file. There was something about Trump that made Comey feel that he needed to keep records of all those meetings. Trump met with him privately at times and even invited him to a private dinner once. Comey stated he was very uncomfortable with Trump privately.
Trump apparently feels that he is the government and that everyone owes allegiance to him first, not the Constitution. Consequently, as President, they all owe allegiance to him. It is even possible that Trump never read the Constitution. In fact the impression one gets watching Trump in action is that he secretly expects everyone to take an oath of allegiance to him. It would seem that in his mind he would like to be more like a dictator than a president. He seems to admire strong heads of state like Vladimir Putin more than democratically elected heads of state.
Comey, as former Director of the FBI, worked very hard to keep the FBI from becoming politicized as it had been under its first Director J. Edgar Hoover. But Comey has been a life-long Republican, appointed to the position by Republican President George W. Bush and continued at it by Presidents Barack Obama and initially by Donald J. Trump until he suddenly fired him.
The one factor about James Comey that seems to have been overlooked by the media is the fact that he is just as guilty as the Russians of undermining the 2016 Presidential Election. Not too long before the actual election Comey announced, going against FBI policy, that it was investigating Hillary Rodham Clinton for email violation as Secretary of State. He announced just prior to the election that the case was not prosecutable. At the same time, if not earlier, the FBI was also investigating the Trump campaign for collusion with Russia in the 2016 Election. Comey did not mention this. It seems that as a life-long Republican he had the FBI take a position in the election. He was as guilty as Russia, if not more so, in politicizing the FBI and taking a position in the Presidential Election.
Whether he meant to or not Comey sided with Trump. Initially Trump praised him and within his first year in office fired him for non- cooperation. Trump originally wanted the investigation against Michael Flynn dropped. Comey would not only not do this he was also investigating the relationship between Trump people and Russian interference in the election.
It was the firing of James Comey, as the FBI Director, that brought a special prosecutor into existence. Trump did a splendid job of bringing this condition into being. He seems by his tweets and public statements to be his own worst enemy. Will he ever learn to be otherwise? Probably not. Trump seems to continually act instinctively. He publishes his tweets generally in the middle of the night. And he is very spontaneous, even with a prepared speech; he seems to have a definite need to ad-lib.
.Will Trump last four years as President of the United States? I suspect not. I would even guess the bookies in Las Vegas are probably giving odds on how short Trump’s term in office will be.