The media firestorm has again erupted around President Donald Trump and the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The media firestorm has again erupted around President Donald Trump and the firing of FBI Director James Comey. It seems the media has a selective memory when it comes to the past failures of some people. After the cover-up of Hillary Clinton's email scandal failed, Comey stepped up to watch her back during the campaign, and made sure she didn't get prosecuted or even arrested for her crimes. As Secretary of State she showed poor judgment evidenced by her response to the attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012.
Erik Rush wrote in the Canada Free Press that he believed then-President Barack Obama not only knew the compound would be attacked, but that he facilitated the attack by his inaction and interference in ordering all rescue missions to stand down. Clinton was complicit in these actions. They tried to blame it on a video that supposedly enraged the local Muslim populace, and a riotous crowd attacked the American compound. When grilled during the hearings on Benghazi, part of Clinton's reply was "what difference at this point does it make?"
As Director of the FBI, Comey showed poor judgment concerning Clinton's use of a forbidden personal email server and sloppy handling of classified information. On NBC news, as President Trump met with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a reporter off-camera asked the President why he fired Comey.
"Because he wasn't doing his job," the President responded.
The media and most liberals have decided Comey was fired because he was investigating "Russian meddling" in the 2016 election. In spite of no clear evidence it ever occurred, the media continues to rehash Russian hacking to manipulate the 2016 election, on and on without fail. They still clamor about "undisclosed ties" to Russia by members of President Trump's campaign. While not a member of the campaign, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor in February for not declaring his conversation with a Russian ambassador about sanctions against Russia. It seems his only error was not reporting it, not the content of what he said.
Just before Comey was dismissed, the FBI sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee declaring that Comey had "overstated to Congress" the number of emails Hillary Clinton's aide Huma Abedin sent to husband Anthony Weiner (former Representative from New York). Comey said "hundreds and thousands" of emails were sent. There were 12, all of which contained classified information, found on a laptop belonging to Weiner, and Abedin supposedly forwarded two of them for printing. (There wasn't a printer in her office?) The other 10 were believed to be a "backup of her personal electronic device." Reading between the lines, that probably means a cell phone. The whole thing smacks of inadequacy and espionage, both equally dangerous in affairs of state.
Even though appointed by the President, the Director of the FBI is supposed to be non-partisan in order to do his job effectively. Questions arise when the FBI director appears to be protecting a candidate who will possibly become his next boss — even four years from now. Also, leaks to the press that occur after White House staff meetings, department meetings, and congressional committee meetings are not only inappropriate, but may be criminal by law, yet appear to never be investigated even when matters of national security or critical foreign relations are involved.
Comey is not the only Obama hold-over that should be dismissed. We can only hope draining the swamp will continue, and clearing out ineffective department heads and loose-lipped staff members is a good place to start.
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