There are other ex­pla­na­tions

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Be­low the May 11 front-page head­line “Comey sought more re­sources for Rus­sia probe” was a pho­to­graph of Pres­i­dent Trump, Rus­sian For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov and Rus­sian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the May 10 meet­ing at the White House. Ask a fifth-grader what all this sug­gests and say “bingo” when the ob­vi­ous an­swer is given.

Be­fore ev­i­dence dis­pos­i­tive of the truth about any ne­far­i­ous col­lu­sion with Rus­sians by Mr. Trump’s staff to sway the elec­tion is es­tab­lished, The Post reached its own con­clu­sion about why FBI Direc­tor James B. Comey was fired: He was dig­ging too deeply, needed more re­sources and had to be stopped.

There are clearly al­ter­na­tive ex­pla­na­tions of why Mr. Comey was fired, specif­i­cally those fo­cused on the direc­tor’s dis­charge of his du­ties in the past sev­eral months. As to the mat­ter of ad­e­quate re­sources, act­ing FBI direc­tor Andrew McCabe stated more than once be­fore the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee that re­sources for a Rus­sia probe were in­deed ad­e­quate. Fur­ther­more, he was clear that the probe will con­tinue in the ab­sence of Mr. Comey, thus gain­say­ing any idea that the fir­ing of Mr. Comey would short-cir­cuit the probe.

Robert E. Klein, Gainesville, Va.

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