Donald Trump may have kicked the wrong hornet’s nest when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey, according to senior intelligence and law enforcement officials who spoke to the Washington Post.
One anonymous intelligence professional said that Trump “essentially declared war on a lot of people at the FBI. I think there will be a concerted effort to respond over time in kind.”
The Post report also details that a White House aide responded to a reporter who was seeking a scoop after news broke that Comey had been fired with two fireworks emojis and no words at all.
Other individuals who talked to the Post said the firing of Comey had been in the planning stage for quite some time. The so-called president had become “angry” and “frustrated” with the FBI director, mainly because he had accelerated the Russia investigation while dismissing Trump’s claims that he had been wiretapped by former President Obama.
Another troubling matter which arose with Trump’s dismissal letter to Comey involves the alleged president’s saying that Comey had told him on three separate occasions that he was not a subject of the FBI’s investigation. The Post notes:
“Why had Trump discussed the Russia probe with the FBI director three times, as he claimed in his letter dismissing Comey, which could have been a violation of Justice Department policies that ongoing investigations generally are not to be discussed with White House officials?”
Just how explosive is the Post report and Trump’s decision to fire Comey? Enough so that Matt Drudge has declared that it “will destroy” Trump:
Leaks on hour, every hour, will destroy Trump presidency. There's a Trojan horse plotting within the inner circle!https://t.co/tWdfDjlUX1
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 11, 2017
Here’s what we do know with absolute certainty:
- 17 American intelligence agencies say the Russians interfered in the 2016 election.
- The FBI has an ongoing investigation in the Russia matter.
- Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had contact with the Russian ambassador, as did Attorney General Jeff Sessions and adviser Jared Kushner.
- Former campaign manager Paul Manafort had extensive business ties to Russia.
Here’s one more thing that is becoming more certain with each day: Donald Trump is toast.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org