cphite wrote:It's also entirely possible that he really did fire Comey because he thinks Comey was doing a lousy job, and that he's just too politically clueless to understand why the timing looks awful.
I agree. This is a very distinct possibility.
I think everyone here would agree that Comey's handling of last year was utterly awful. The issue therefore is not necessarily with Comey's firing, but with the timing of it.
In particular, Comey just last week testified before Congress in such an awful manner, that the FBI had to issue a statement correcting Comey. The fact of the matter is: when Stephen Colbert mentioned that Comey was fired, his audience cheered initially. Nobody liked Comey anymore.
Koa wrote:NYT reported that Comey requested additional resources for the investigation days before being fired, but in the open senate hearing McCabe clearly stated more than once that they had adequate resources. So for me it mostly comes down to what Trump said in the interview that he asked Comey if he was under investigation. It would be a funny ad hoc lie in order to explain the petty message slipped to the public in the letter.
I agree. The 2nd paragraph of Trump's letter is the most mind-boggling part of this whole event. Comey made too many fuckups and was disliked almost universally as of last week. Comey's days in Washington were numbered regardless.
Trump exacerbated things by firing Comey in such a dramatic fashion. Trump is a drama-queen, so of course he wants to do things in that manner. The main problem is that it lines up with the Russian message and looks sketchy as all fuck. But Trump clearly doesn't know what he's doing, so there's a big chance this is all just ignorance.
Furthermore, Trump's press team is clearly out of touch. Sean Spicer was caught flat-footed, and the Deputy Huckabee seems to be too. (Harder to tell, since she's a far more effective liar than Spicer). Trump's team has completely lost control of the story. What's troubling here is the clear amount of "groupthink" within Trump's circle. Trump fires people he doesn't trust, and forces those who stay back to bend to his will. The entire team is unable to critically analyze situations... or consider viewpoints aside from Trump's.
These were the conditions that created the "Bay of Pigs" disaster. Tons of smart people were in the same room when the decision went down, but no one was willing to consider alternative viewpoints. I fear something along those lines will happen before Trump loses credibility...