FBI Director, Jim Comey’s mid 2016 reading of the list of indictable offenses by Hillary Clinton related to her email fiasco was long, to say the least. Comey’s detailed account of the transgressions committed by Hillary was not only long, but his detailed account relating to the subject of an FBI investigation who was not going to be indicted was both unprecedented and unethical. In addition, Comey overplayed his role - he decided to be both the investigative head as FBI Director and the prosecutorial decision maker - the role of the Attorney General.
Recall that Loretta Lynch had recused herself from the Hillary email matter at the time of Comey’s announcement because she met with the subject’s husband, Bill Clinton, on the Tarmac at Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix. That said, there was Asst. AG, Rosenstein, to whom the investigative case file should have been referred by Comey per protocol.
I remind the reader of these facts and case sequencing to make the following point.
Given the volume of incriminating facts generated by the FBI investigation; given Comey’s over-reach in deciding not to send the case to the Attorneys General Office for disposition and the shocking outcome of the matter in light of the evidence Comey made public, Trump was a fool for not asking for Comey’s resignation within the first week of his presidency.
Trump should have met with Comey in front of Asst. AG, Rosenstein, thanked him for his service and, citing his mishandling of the investigation, his over-reach and his making public detailed investigative information regarding a subject (Hillary) who was not going to be indicted, asked for his resignation - if Comey had refused to tender his resignation, Trump should have fired him on the spot.
Trump then should have called a press conference immediately following his meeting with Comey explaining that Comey had either tendered his resignation - or had he refused - that he had been relieved of his duties based on the above documented poor judgement/case mismanagement and unprecedented and unethical behavior.
Trump should have then directed Asst. AG, Rosenstein, to empanel a Grand Jury to review all of the investigative material associated with the Hillary Clinton email matter. Rosenstein should also have been directed to appoint a special counsel to investigate, among other things, the Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch meeting, the sale of United States uranium to Russia under Hillary and any and all connections regarding possible influence peddling associated with the Clinton Foundation.
Every point made above cries out for investigation. Comey should have been removed within days of Trump’s swearing in as POTUS and it would have been very easy to make the case justifying his removal to the majority of the American people.
Instead, Trump and his administration failed to act and ended up botching the whole damn thing. Once again, the Clintons were allowed to get off the hook.
Equal justice under the law? What a joke.
Finally, just imagine how different today’s political narrative would be had Trump not been a chump and instead handled the matter as I suggested above. Instead, Trump handled the Comey termination in the worst manner possible and at the worst time possible - with Russia charges swirling in the air - giving Democrats and their handmaidens, the media, something to write about far into the future; and, of course, all this and Trump’s off-the-cuff narrative regarding the Comey firing got Trump the appointment of special counsel, Mueller, who will no doubt be around for a long time seeking “Trump’s Russia collusion” and the drip, drip, drip of the never ending leaks provided by liberals well stocked throughout every government agency.
The administration’s mishandling/bungling of this entire situation represents political ineptitude at a level heretofore unknown to humankind.