President Trump Shows FBI Director Comey the Door
What’s the old cliché? If you’re making people angry on both sides of the political spectrum, you must be doing something right?
If that was the case, then FBI Director James Comey must have been one of the finest men to ever lead the nation’s top federal law enforcement agency, and President Donald Trump must have made a terrible mistake by kicking him out the door on Tuesday afternoon.
Unfortunately, however true that maxim may be in general, it was not true in Comey’s case. In fact, if you were to say that James Comey was the WORST FBI Director in American history, you would have an arguable case. Trump saw through this pious charlatan on the campaign trail last year, and while he gave Comey the benefit of the doubt for the first 100 days of his presidency, he eventually had to face the facts. Comey had to go.
Not since J. Edgar Hoover himself have we had an FBI Director so fond of the spotlight. Comey appeared to relish taking every opportunity possible to throw himself into the political drama of the day, ultimately making enemies within both parties. He cherished his “rogue” status, ineffectively cultivating a mythology around himself as the man who could not be swayed from his principles. As became increasingly clear over the past 16 months or so, however, there was only one principle Comey really cared about – the principle of his own power.
Inevitably, liberals have mocked Trump’s stated reason for firing Comey – the very reason that many of them have been calling for the FBI director’s resignation since last October. And maybe their mockery is justified; it’s unlikely that Trump dismissed the FBI chief because he felt he was too hard on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, after all. That said, Comey’s collection of errors in that case was a fine enough reason for Trump to bring the ax down on his head. Perhaps the president thought that by citing those errors, he would alleviate the bloodthirsty media.
As if that would be possible.
No, the media immediately began referencing Richard Nixon and the “Saturday Night Massacre” in an attempt to scare viewers into thinking that Trump was on the verge of becoming a full-fledged dictator before their very eyes. Suddenly, they cared not a whit about Comey’s 2016 actions – actions they were blaming for costing Clinton the election only a few days ago. Suddenly, Comey was the most upstanding law enforcement officer to ever wear the badge. What a miraculous turnaround.
Trump may have magically restored Comey’s reputation in the eyes of the media – may have even bolstered Comey’s own staggering self-righteousness. That’s fine. What matters is that we will soon have a man of TRUE principle in charge of the FBI.
The history books will tell the rest of the story.