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The Trump administration is the gang who couldn’t shoot straight. All Presidents lie, prevaricate, spin – but no administration has done it worse since – and it is a fair comparison –  Nixon. Take the Comey firing. They obviously can’t admit the real reason. That either Comey was getting too close to an uncomfortable truth – or that Trump had a tantrum. But a professional group would at least agree on a lie.

But Trump’s crew tried the blissfully absurd ‘Comey didn’t treat Hillary fairly’ – and the quickly denied  ‘he’s lost the confidence of his team’. Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders was spectacularly hyperbolic in suggesting, without enumerating, that Comey was guilty of “atrocities”. Trump himself offered the anodyne reason that Comey was “not effectively able to lead the bureau”.

By all accounts, the Deputy Attorney General responsible for compiling the case to fire Comey – long-term public servant, Rod Rosenstein – is a good man. And I suppose that is why he made the case that Comey should be fired because of his mishandling of the Hillary email investigation. What could be more ‘kumbaya’ than a Republican President having the back of a Democratic opponent?

Except it makes no sense. Trump has no one’s back but his own and spent an election season congratulating Comey for his excellent hatchet job on Clinton.

Nevertheless, the administration grasped Rosenstein’s report like a life-ring in a tossing sea. Mike Pence, for one, told reporters, “The President took strong and decisive leadership here to put the safety and the security of the American people first by accepting the recommendation of the deputy attorney general to remove Director Comey as the head of the FBI.”

But who demolished this rationale? Trump himself.

As he told NBC, “I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.[Rosenstein] made a recommendation … He made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.”

Comey’s replacement, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, dismissed the administration’s claims that Comey was a pariah in the FBI. He told a Senate committee, “Director Comey enjoyed broad support within the FBI and still does to this day”.

McCabe also swatted away Huckabee Sanders’ claim that the FBI’s Russian probe was “probably one of the smallest things that they’ve got going on their plate”. Instead, he revealed it was “a highly significant investigation.”    

Usually, political disagreement is between different parties. In Trump’s administration, it is all in the family

   

   

 

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