On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey was fired by President* Donald Trump.
Comey’s firing sent shock waves through Washington, prompting comparisons to President Richard Nixon’s infamous series of Justice Department firings during the Watergate investigation on a day known as “The Saturday Night Massacre.”
However, what’s almost as shocking was the petty and unprofessional manner in which Trump fired James Comey.
Instead of calling Comey and asking for his resignation, Trump decided to create a distracting spectacle to make the media stop talking about former U.S. Attorney General Sally Yate’s Senate testimony.
According to the New York Times, Comey learned of his surprise unemployment while giving a speech to a crowd of FBI employees. He reportedly learned of his dismissal from a breaking news report on TV.
Imagine being in a meeting where your boss is suddenly escorted off the stage and out of the building? Even Richard Nixon displayed more professionalism toward the people he sacked during Watergate.
“In response, Mr. Comey laughed, saying he thought it was a fairly funny prank.
Then his staff started scurrying around in the background and told Mr. Comey that he should step into a nearby office.
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Mr. Comey stopped addressing the group. He proceeded to shake hands with the employees he had been speaking to. Then he stepped into a side office, where he confirmed that he had been fired. At that point, he had not heard from the White House.”
Trump’s most recent actions are more proof of his incompetence and mental instability.
Here’s a video of Comey boarding a plane just moments after he learned about the death of his career.
It’s no coincidence that Trump would fire Comey, less than a week after the director testified before the Senate about Russian investigation among other things.
In 2016, James Comey decided to politicize the Justice Department by announcing that he was re-opening an inquiry into Hillary Clinton just days before the November 8 election.
It’s the view of many that Comey’s actions gave Trump the edge he needed to beat Clinton. And how ironic that Trump’s letter would reference Comey’s handling of the Clinton email server investigation as to why Trump decided to fire Comey.
However, Comey’s karma could prove to be a double-edged sword, should his firing open up new investigations into Trump’s connection to Russia that could lead to impeachment.
Pay close attention folks; this could be the beginning of the end.