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Post 19 - The Comey Saga

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Post 19 - The Comey Saga

Just imagine how fragile the world must be if the Democrats' version of events is true. At this very moment, without any doubt, we would be in the midst of a war with a nuclear superpower. The second the claim that Donald Trump was placed into power by Russia moves from mere suggestion to a fact, is the last second there will be peace in America for the foreseeable future.

If god forbid, such accusations are ever proven true the chaos that would follow would be detrimental to every man, woman, and child in this nation. War with Russia would change the very course of human history. The prospect is legitimately terrifying. So, I understand why so many on the left make this issue the sole purpose of their existence. 'Liberals' are fearful for many reasons, mostly because they are afraid Putin might really be pulling the strings here in the U.S.A. Sure, my knee-jerk reaction upon hearing those beliefs is to laugh, but sympathy and understanding are in order if we are ever going to reach any kind of conclusion.

All of this is just a long introduction to my main point: Former FBI Director Jim Comey deserved to be fired. I know there are many who view his firing as yet another indication Donald Trump is attempting to hide his nefarious Russian ties, business dealings, and sexual misdeeds, but (in my opinion) such assertions are a sign of unhealthy obsession. For about half the country (I bet more, but gotta go with polls, right?) the Russia nonsense, is simply nonsense. It is nothing more than a distraction campaign that has grown out of control in a deliberate attempt to stifle and impede an administration hell-bent on changing the way D.C. operates. I certainly don’t take lightly the implications of the claims, but I do take issue with the veracity (or lack thereof) of the claims themselves.

This post is bound to be long and I have spent plenty of time on my twitter and in other posts explaining why I am skeptical of the charges in the first place, so I will simply say this: There has never been a shred of verifiable evidence that connects Russia to the DNC/Podesta email leaks. There's never been reason to believe the emails leaked were in any way fabricated. Russia is accused of tampering with our election in order to place Trump in power, but no one can make a cogent case as to how they did it at all. The Intel report released spent pages upon pages framing RT anti-fracking articles as anti-Clinton propaganda, but no one is willing to say that a single vote changed as a result.

So, when it comes to whether or not Trump and his team ‘colluded with the Russians’ the obvious question is: ‘What exactly did they collude to do?’ Did they conspire to keep Hillary out of Wisconsin? Did they work together to convince Huma to forward classified emails to Anthony Weiner? It would appear that the answers to these questions are simple and highlight the resounding lunacy of the insistence that Trump is anything other than our legitimate Commander-in-Chief.

This brings me back to Comey. The FBI is a federal agency that serves at the pleasure of the president. This means that the president alone has the authority to determine who runs the agency. On March 9th, upon the recommendation of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, Trump removed Comey from his position. This is not at all controversial. The Trump White House then provided us with the letter the President received from James Comey’s direct boss. If you read it and have any kind of memory, you will find it hard to argue with the conclusion.

Way back when… in July of 2016, we all were flabbergasted by the actions of James Comey. Clinton supporters were shocked that the FBI Director would hold a press conference only to spread so much negative information about a candidate for president who was ultimately 'cleared' of wrongdoing. The move was interpreted as nothing more than a political hit job. Those who believed Clinton to be guilty of many crimes (count me in this category) were astounded that despite all of the evidence Comey himself laid on the table, he removed the decision to prosecute from Attorney General Lynch and instead closed the case himself, citing a lack of intent, which didn't even apply to the crimes of which Clinton was being accused. To people like me, it was clearly a calculated effort to end the email/server discussion once and for all and confirmation that the Obama Justice Department was actively protecting Secretary Clinton.

The precise truth may continue to be debated by partisans on both sides, but what is more important is that we acknowledge that at the time, both factions believed what Comey did was wrong. An overwhelming majority of Americans were convinced their FBI had been politicized, that it was not functioning as it should, and that the American Justice System itself had been compromised.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FYI.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, FYI.

So, when a man like Rod Rosenstein, who served all 8 years under Obama, who was approved by both Democratic and Republican senators alike by a margin of 94-6 only weeks ago, who is now responsible for determining the direction of the FBI in the future cites Comey’s own actions as grounds for his removal, it is really hard for me to listen to so many instantly blame Russia. Especially when, just months ago, we all agreed Comey had handled these matters poorly. It is in the interest of the nation that we stop the Red Scare redux. Donald Trump isn't concerned about your Russia investigation, his supporters aren't worried about the Russia investigation. The only people worried about Russia are those who continuously underestimate Trump and unquestionably believe the discredited disgrace we call the Mainstream Media. American news media, at this point, is nothing more than a soulless husk masquerading as journalism.

The investigation will no doubt continue, more unnamed sources will continue to pour out of context half truths to biased journalists and political pundits chasing Putin's shadow around the West Wing.  But in the meantime, we will have someone new running the FBI. Hopefully,  the agency will return to past traditions of impartiality. For your sake, I hope we are eventually fully briefed on the conclusions of the Russia probe, for the sake of the nation and the world I hope it turns up nothing. For my sake, I hope will someday see the results of a properly conducted Clinton Foundation investigation that includes the mishandling of state secrets, for the sake of the nation, I hope justice is served.

If you still wish to speculate without evidence that Donald Trump fired Comey to end the Russian probe, be my guest, but take the time to read Rod Rosenstein’s letter to Trump first. In it, he quotes former Attorney Generals who all agree that Comey’s action merit scrutiny. Read that letter and recognize that where you may find Russia, many others simply see an administration acting as it should. As crazy as that may seem to you… you kinda seem crazy to us sometimes. But I still respect you. Thank you for reading and be well.