Wednesday, May 17, 2017
How far would you go to take down a corrupt president like Trump? Would you make yourself such a nuisance that he would panic and tip his hand? That might just be what former FBI Director James Comey did.
If this is what happened, Comey has balls of steel or one hell of a guilty conscience.
There are two very real possibilities here and they're not mutually exclusive of each other. One is that Comey may, in fact, be the stand up guy he's presented as a public persona all these years. Confronted with a blatantly criminal president, Comey realized that he would never be allowed to finish the investigation but that he was in a position to strike a possibly fatal blow against Trump's corruption anyway.
The second is that Comey realized that his torpedoing of Hillary's campaign, deliberate or not, put the country at an unacceptable risk. Going along to get along not being in his nature (he pushed back against Bush's torture memos according to last night's Rachel Maddow report), Comey realized he would never be allowed to finish his investigation etc. etc.
Or it could be a combination of the two. Regardless, depending on how brazen Trump was in trying to put the FBI under his thumb, and whether or not Trump was stupid enough to record the conversations (and even stupider to not have them erased), Comey will have nailed Trump on obstruction of justice, the same offense that forced Nixon out of office.
The next questions are whether or not Comey's memos can be corroborated and if so, will Republicans continue to turn a blind eye? They've ignored all of Trump's corruption so far, what's a few more broken laws when a trillion dollars in tax cuts for the rich are at stake?
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