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The election of 2016 was one of the most controversial in modern America. With allegations of Russian interference and FBI investigations, it was hoped by many that its legacy could be left behind. That hope, however, was completely in vain. On Tuesday of last week, Donald J Trump, the 45th president of the United States, called bipartisan leaders in Congress to inform them he had decided to fire the FBI director, James Comey, sending shockwaves through Washington D.C.
The decision is one of the most shocking taken by President Trump since his inauguration. The last time an FBI director had been fired was in 1993, with Bill Clinton firing William Sessions. The circumstances, however, were vastly different; Sessions had major ethical problems and Bill Clinton had a respected replacement waiting in the wings. This time, however, everything is different; Trump’s reason for firing Comey is that he mishandled the Hillary Clinton email investigation. This line of reasoning is utter nonsense. Why, if it was so important to fire Comey on the basis of what he had done in the email investigation, did he wait for more than 3 months to fire Comey?
The most important question is, why did Trump fire Comey? Luckily, Donald Trump has generously provided an answer to this pressing question. In an interview with Lester Holt, President Trump stated as a reason for his firing of the FBI director: ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.’ This, contradicting the insistence of his Vice President and his communications team. Furthermore, if it is true, Trump could be guilty of obstructing justice by firing Comey.
Suspicions have increased even further since Tuesday, when the New York Times reported that James Comey wrote a memo, alleging that President Trump had asked Comey to end the investigation against one of his aides, Mike Flynn. This immediately added to the tension and drama that already gripped Washington D.C. Talk of impeachment flew threw the air as chaos gripped the White House. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a special prosecutor was appointed to begin investigations into the Russian connection in Trump’s campaign. The prosecutor is former FBI director, Robert Muller, a man respected for his integrity and independence.
In short, President Trump has managed to create even more polarization in an America that is already deeply divided. Shame on him for doing it in order to attempt to save his own skin.