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PBC News & Comment: Trump Dealt Comey Made-for TV Political Execution

The public firing of FBI director Comey is Trump’s latest diversion, with reality TV optics, including OJ-style freeway crawl….–your humble host, whose radio career was launched by Watergate, notes similarities to Nixon’s failed efforts to kill an investigation
–PBC is perhaps the most consistent critic of FBI and Comey…the firing is overdue, but based on bad motives
–the process of termination and the absurd memo Trump based it on set a new low—sloppy process, pretext for firing is obviously false
–former DOJ official quoted in Rosenstein memo objects to his inclusion, says firing was a “sham”
–Rush Limbaugh claims Trump did this to restore honor to Hillary Clinton!
Politico and Wall Street Journal report Trump has been enraged by the continuing Trump/Russia scandal
–Comey met with Rosenstein last week to request more resources for Trump/Russia investigation
–the Dems who wanted Comey’s scalp over Clinton investigation had found Comey useful for Russia investigation, so now they are appalled by his firing
Vice lists 7 ways the move could backfire
–timing was awful, as Trump met with Russian foreign minister today
–most Dems in the Senate demand independent investigation, McCain is only Republican so far
–McConnell pours cold water on calls for independent counsel or commission
–Payback? McCain delivered pivotal vote that defeated GOP effort to invalidate Obama’s methane emissions rule today
–Comey’s replacement will likely be worse than Comey in many ways