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Blumenthal: Trump Fired Comey For Being Potential Target In Russian Collusion Probe

May 9th, 2017 · 9 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events

Donald Trump loved it when FBI Director James Comey last November unprecedentedly inserted himself into a federal election that benefited Trump regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails, but now that Comey was closing in on Trump campaign operatives’ cozy relationship with Russia’s effort to promote Trump’s election, he’s not so happy. Thus, he fired him. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former U.S. attorney for Connecticut, told CNN an independent prosecutor is now warranted.

You could argue that Comey should have been fired for sticking his nose into a federal election that benefited Trump (or anyone else) but you could also argue Trump–who was effusive of Comey the past six months–threw Comey under the bus because the Justice Department is approaching too close for comfort.

And in his letter to Comey, Trump, through fiat, exonerates himself. Hmmm.

From The New York Times:

President Trump has fired the director of the FBI James B. Comey, over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, the White House said on Tuesday.

Mr. Comey’s dismissal was a stunning development for a president that benefited from the F.B.I. investigation of the Democratic nominee during the 2016 campaign. Separately, the F.B.I. also is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election.

The abrupt firing raised questions over whether Mr. Trump was trying to influence the Russia investigation. But he said he was following recommendations from the Justice Department, which criticized how Mr. Comey concluded the investigation into Mrs. Clinton.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Mr. Trump said in a letter dated Tuesday to Mr. Comey.

Full story here.

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  • barry soitera

    Blumenthal is a looser , he should go back to Vietnam !

  • Gary Tobin

    Oh what a surprise, a light, a camera and THE DICK BLUME is there!

  • Steven Auerbach

    The question is not whether anyone cares for Blumenthal or not.

    It is about the Russian connection with all of Trumps administration. I wish they would impeach this man already.
    Kelly Ann Conway finally re-emerged on CNN to discuss the Comey firing. She remains stupid and all of her answers incoherent. I suppose there will be a moment when Trump supporters have had enough of this cartoonish nightmare.

  • Mojo

    Ct. Is lucky to have Richie B. As our Fed. Senator. Also he maybe right about the timing factor concerning Trump’s Russian investigation and the letting go of the FBI director. Or maybe just Dem. political wishing, no? ***

    • charlie

      Ralph to be lucky to have him as your senator is as lucky as catching the plague.

      • Mojo

        Other than a media hound , why do you dislike the man so much? He’s had his faults no-doubt however I have not heard over the years of any or maybe a small few pols. that have had no fear to take on big business or big money that has broken the laws of either our environment , taxes , state or national safety issues , veteran affairs , etc… He’s taken on time & time again, the fight for fairness & the law for the big and small citizens of Ct. *** He’s done a lot more good things, than bad, as a public servant in different venues while serving the State of Ct. ***

  • John Marshall Lee

    Russia? World power? Long term US competitor on multiple matters of foreign policy? Practitioner of democracy, broadly defined?

    Whatever your answers, the man sitting in the WH currently has a much more unusual Russia-connection than ANY predecessor. Because of that, in my opinion, he should be more attentive to verifying answers to questions and assessing intentions publicly.

    The analogy locally is that Joe Ganim in his first term made choices that caused him to be convicted, serve seven years in prison, and fail to get a positive response to a request to reinstate his status as a practicing lawyer. When he earned re-election I have used the statement to explain “second-chance” opportunities….trust but verify. He got enough trust to be Mayor. But he fails to understand that the absence of verification leaves him vulnerable on the next go around if not before.
    The City has operates its Print Shop beyond the scope of City departments without any authority for this found by Finance Director Flatto.
    Flatto added $10,000 to the department for an estimate of annual income, but where has that income been deposited in the past while it was kept hidden from the City Council and taxpayers?
    Flatto has not commented on specific numbers drawn from City purchase orders from 2011-15 that showed over $800,000 of unreported expense for the Print Shop that would indicate the Shop lost money rather than maintained a balanced budget. How could that happen? With the operation run by the Finance Department? How did the auditors never pick up on the issue? Is this a service that should be quickly studied to see if privatization is appropriate? Why did the City Council increase compensation for 6.5 people by $39,000 and fringe benefits by $66,000 this year when they voted? Does the Council read the info provided in the budget book? Time will tell.

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