Just three days ago, FBI Director James Comey was fired by the Whitehouse. The dismissal of Director Comey came amid current testimony into the possible connection between members of Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. One reason was given by the Whitehouse is the mis-handling of the Clinton Email scandal. Yet, most analysts seem to dismiss that claim while others believe the move to be criminal.
Opinion by C J Oakes
The Trump Whitehouse has been interesting. A long-standing fan of Donald Trump, I did not vote for him because, although I believed him to be outstanding at marketing and promotion I did not believe these skills translated to public office.
It is starting to appear that this assessment is spot on because no matter the reason, the ousting of Mr. Comey is not wise.
To be clear, I am no fan of the former FBI Director. Never have been. But there are two sides to this story, either of which does not bode well for the President.
If the move was, as some claim an attempt to stop Comey from investigating members of Trumps team, this move gives many of Trumps enemies in Washington all they need to probe more deeply. Just how deep the rabbit hole goes and how deep any are willing to go down remains to be seen. But in an era when technology can maintain and recover information as easily as removing rabbit pellets from the bottom of that hole, the President had better have clean hands. Otherwise, information will come to light and he will face the wrath of anyone he has ever wronged. To be sure, no one gets to his level of success without making a few enemies along the way, so if this is the case, Mr. Trump may be in trouble.
On the other side of the issue is Comey’s handling of the Clinton Email scandal.
If this recent move by Mr. Trump is a sudden (ok, not so sudden) awakening to the wrongness of Mr. Comey releasing information related to Mrs. Clinton‘s emails eleven days before the election, this also does not put the President in a good light.
Many of his most die-hard supporters hate Hillary Clinton. I know. I live in Texas…where Trump supporters REALLY hate Mrs. Clinton. They were eager and happy when Donald Trump promised to prosecute her. When, on the campain trail Trump declared that he will appoint a special prosecutor to go after her, to throw her in jail, his supporters cheered. This made them very happy.
Shortly after his election though, Trump announced that he was kidding. That he had no intention of going after Clinton in the legal sense. This made his supporters very mad.
While this made sense to anyone who follows politics, it does not make sense to the average voter, who expected Trump to keep his promise. His change in direction did not go over well in some circles. His support is waning.
Why does this matter?
If Trump’s reason for firing Comey, a man who is popular among Republican supporters, is really about how he handled the Clinton emails, Trump is aligning himself with the Clinton’s, a claim made by many before the primaries. Firing James Comey for this reason is like saying, “It is true. Trump is not a real Republican. He is a supporter of the Clinton’s. He lied to us. Boldly. Blatantly.”
In other words, Trump misled his supporters to the nth degree times infinity and beyond.
Maybe I am wrong, but that just does not seem to be the wise thing to do.
Whether the action was criminal or not, with his enemies starting to circle the wagons, this is a bad time to drive away supporters.