Recent TV news has focused on the “He Said He Said” between Comey and Trump and largely ignored what the Russian Investigation is really about. Comey testified that the Russians had not only intervened in last year’s election, but would try to do it again.
The Russians are attaching the bedrock of our democracy, the election process. Yet Trump says nothing about this problem, only that he would like the investigation to go away. I don’t think he understands or cares about a key part of his job description – To Protect The Constitution of The United States.
Also he clearly does not respect the rule of law. On one point I disagree with Comey. The President is obstructing justice, pure and simple.
Here are some quotes from Comey’s testimony:
“It’s not a Republican thing or Democratic thing — it really is an American thing,”
“They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of. And they’re not devoted to either, in my experience. They’re just about their own advantage. And they will be back.”
“There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that.”
For more see: Trump-Comey Feud Eclipses a Warning on Russia: ‘They Will Be Back
From my Friend Charles Feinstein in a letter to the New York Times, May 14:
Two questions were raised on Saturday’s op-ed page. Bret Stephens asks how long Trump’s stupidity will save us. Timothy Egan asks a far more pertinent question: who among the Republicans in Congress will step up to save us?
Trump validates the claim that he is unfit for office every day in many ways. The number of people who are questioning his mental health seems to be increasing. The latest outrage, firing Comey who is investigating nothing less than treason, has called forth frightening comparisons with Nixon and Watergate. And what do we hear from the Republicans in Congress? At best complicit silence, at worst full-throated support for the excesses of our autocratic president. We will need a Welch/McCarthy moment if we are to prevent further damage by Trump to our democratic society. We are told that Cato the Elder ended every speech in the Roman Senate, regardless of topic, by reminding the Senators that “In addition, I recommend that Carthage be destroyed.” It is perhaps time for the Congressional Democrats to end every speech with a Cato-like question: “In addition, I ask where are the decent Republicans?” And if they won’t ask it, we should.
Charles D Feinstein
Redwood City, CA
What is behind the Comey firing? There is a uncertainty but my assessment, updated May 11, is:
- The handling of the Clinton Emails investigation – When Hell Freezes Over – 0%
- The investigation into Russia’s role in the election – Highly Likely – 100%
- Other – Highly Unlikely – 0%
Trump is following in the footsteps of Richard Nixon – Presidential Abuse of Power. We need an independent special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia.
For further reading see Trump is lying again.