Comey fir­ing puts Rus­sia probe at risk

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

This ap­peared in the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune:

In a re­mark­able and un­nerv­ing spec­ta­cle, the pres­i­dent who ben­e­fited from Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the elec­tion has fired the man lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into said in­ter­fer­ence, FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey.

Congress has dragged its feet un­til now, but it must face one in­dis­putable con­clu­sion — and quickly. It must ap­point an in­de­pen­dent pros­e­cu­tor to con­duct this in­ves­ti­ga­tion, one who is wholly di­vorced from the ex­ec­u­tive branch. GOP law­mak­ers must also put aside — as their pre­de­ces­sors did decades ear­lier — their own squeamish­ness about tak­ing ac­tion per­ceived as hos­tile to a pres­i­dent of their party.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion lobbed this bomb­shell with what has be­come its trade­mark cav­a­lier style, fol­lowed by an im­me­di­ately mud­dy­ing of facts and rea­son. A career pub­lic ser­vant was sacked as if he were week-old trash, told on a mo­ment’s no­tice by Trump that “you are hereby ter­mi­nated and re­moved from of­fice, ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately.” What fol­lows is among the many puz­zle­ments that must be un­tan­gled. Trump states that even though Comey had as­sured him on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions that he was not be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, “I nev­er­the­less con­cur with the judge­ment (sic) of the De­part­ment of Jus­tice that you are not able to ef­fec­tively lead the Bu­reau.” Why con­nect Trump’s in­ves­tiga­tive sta­tus with Comey’s sud­den un­wor­thi­ness to lead the bu­reau?

The an­swer to that ques­tion is one of the many the Amer­i­can peo­ple now must rely on Congress to learn.

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