(National Sentinel)Â Politics:Â In the wake of President Donald J. Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, there are all manner of rumors, whispers and reports based on anonymous sources, and at this juncture, we take most of them with a grain of salt.
But this one seems a little more credible than many others. According toÂ The New York Times, which admittedly has published its share of fake news regarding the president and his administration, Comey didn’t think very much of Trump’s claim in March that former President Obama “wire tapped” him at Trump Tower:
After President Trump accused his predecessor in March of wiretapping him, James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, was flabbergasted. The president, Mr. Comey told associates, was â€œoutside the realm of normal,â€ even â€œcrazy.â€
For his part, Mr. Trump fumed when Mr. Comey publicly dismissed the sensational wiretapping claim. In the weeks that followed, he grew angrier and began talking about firing Mr. Comey. After stewing last weekend while watching Sunday talk shows at his New Jersey golf resort, Mr. Trump decided it was time. There was â€œsomething wrong withâ€ Mr. Comey, he told aides.
EvenÂ The New York Times reported the day before Trump’s inauguration thatÂ a) U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies were conducting probes into Trumpâ€™s associates, if not the president himself; b) and that â€œwiretappedâ€ information had been obtained to that end. Well, theÂ only waytoÂ legally obtain such electronic surveillance is via a FISA court-issued surveillance warrant.
At least two published reports â€“ here and here â€“ claim that the FBI indeed applied for and received a FISA court warrant for the purpose of conducting electronic surveillanceÂ at Trump Tower. This is done in a counterintelligence investigation; Comey – as director – didn’t know thatÂ members of a major party presidential campaign, including the candidate himself, was under investigation?
Comey confirmed the essence of Trump’s tweet in March,Â that indeed he and his associatesÂ wereÂ under investigationÂ prior to the election. Comey had publicly revealed – improperly, say many experts – many details about ongoing FBI probes, so why not this?
What Comey has not said to date isÂ who ordered the probe of Team Trump and, importantly,Â why it has continued for so long despite a dearth of evidence to support any allegations that Trump or his closest advisors worked with Russia to “steal the election” from Clinton.
The Trump administration has said publicly they had “lost confidence” in Comey; if the Times report is accurate, Comey had obviously had noÂ confidence in the commander-in-chief. That was a toxic battle in the makingÂ in which Comey was never going to win.
Democrats are running around hysterically trying to claim that Trump is a tyrant for firing a political appointee, but what choice did he have if his own FBI director believed heÂ didn’t have the mentality to be president?