Sunday, March 5, 2017
Comey Finally Grows A Pair
No doubt it may seem like too little too late up in Chappaqua, but FBI Director James Comey finally put Donald Trump in his place. Responding to Trump's ridiculous claim that Barack Obama wiretapped his penthouse suite at Trump Tower, Comey asked the Department of Justice to "publicly refute" the claim saying it is "false and must be corrected."
Nobody knows exactly how the DOJ will respond to Comey's request since Attorney General Jeff Sessions, himself under scrutiny for lying under oath about two meetings he had with a Russian ambassador, has recused himself from all matters concerning alleged Trump campaign connections with Russia. But one thing is for certain, Comey's rebuke of this president, extraordinary on its merits, underscores the precarious position both the justice and intelligence communities in this country find themselves in. Trump, through his constant attacks, has undermined their credibility. And if there's one thing the FBI loathes more than a liberal Democrat, it's politicians making a mockery of their profession.
Frankly, I'm pleasantly surprised at Comey's ballsiness. I didn't think he had it in him. It's about time someone other than one district court judge and an entire circuit court stood up to this maniac. And if I'm the Democrats, I'd stand down for a couple of days to see how this plays out. They may still despise what Comey did last October - to be honest, so do I - but right now, he's their best hope against Trump and they need him. It is doubtful that the DOJ will recommend a special prosecutor, which means the fate of the country may well be in the hands of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
It's too early to tell whether Comey's testicular fortitude is a passing phase or whether it is a harbinger of things to come. Trump hasn't even been in office two months and already he has managed to alienate virtually every agency and department in the Federal government. Now he's gotten under the skin of Comey and his agents.
The dominos may already be starting to fall for Trump. His goal may be the destruction of the administrative state, but that administrative state, as we may soon find out, has teeth and it is finally starting to bite back.