The Real Reason Trump Fired James Comey, According To Politico

Tyler Durden's picture

When Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday evening, the stated reason in the letter submitted by the deputy Attorney General was Comey’s much-criticized handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.

However, according to various other sources, notably Politico, Trump had grown “enraged” over the last few weeks by the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian collaboration and repeatedly asked aids when the inquiry would end. Contrary to the narrative released from the White House Tuesday night, the firing was Trump’s decision and the DOJ letters recommending dismissal were written to give the White House cover. More from the source:

President Donald Trump weighed firing his FBI director for more than a week. When he finally pulled the trigger Tuesday afternoon, he didn't call James Comey. He sent his longtime private security guard to deliver the termination letter in a manila folder to FBI headquarters.

 

He had grown enraged by the Russia investigation, two advisers said, frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia. He repeatedly asked aides why the Russia investigation wouldn’t disappear and demanded they speak out for him. He would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe, one adviser said.

 

Trump had grown angry with the Russia investigation — particularly Comey admitting in front of the Senate that the FBI was investigating his campaign — and that the FBI director wouldn't support his claims that President Barack Obama had tapped his phones in Trump Tower.

A separate report from the Wapo also focuses on this angle:

Several current and former officials said the relationship between the White House and the FBI had been strained for months, in part because administration officials were pressuring Comey to more aggressively pursue leak investigations over disclosures that embarrassed the White House and raised questions about ties with Russia.

 

That pressure was described as conversational challenges to FBI leadership to pursue the source of leaks seen as damaging to the administration, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Although the FBI is investigating disclosures of classified information, the bureau has resisted calls to prioritize leak investigations over the Russia matter, or probe matters that did not involve leaks of classified or otherwise sensitive information, the officials said.

As we said yesterday in our kneejerk reaction to the firing, by ousting the FBI director investigating his campaign and associates, Trump added more fuel to the fire he is furiously trying to contain — and he was quickly criticized by a chorus of Republicans and Democrats. "The timing of this firing was very troubling," said Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican.

Trump's firing of the high-profile FBI director on the 110th day since taking office marked another sudden turn for an administration that has fired its acting attorney general, national security adviser and now its FBI director, who Trump had praised until recent weeks and even blew a kiss to during a January appearance. The news stunned Comey, who saw his dismissal on TV while speaking inside the FBI office in Los Angeles. It startled all but the uppermost ring of White House advisers, who said grumbling about Comey hadn't dominated their own morning senior staff meetings. Other top officials learned just before it happened and were unaware he was considering firing Comey. "Nobody really knew," one senior White House official said. "Our phones all buzzed and people said, What?"

To be sure, bipartisan criticism of Comey had mounted since last summer after his lengthy statement outlining why he was closing the investigation into Clinton’s private email server. And, in retrospect, based on Trump's latest tweets this morning, the president had anticipated Democrats to support his decision to terminate Comey who had been explicitly listed as one of two catalysts why Hillary Clinton lost the election. Instead, as has been observed over the past 12 hours, the reaction has been a firestorm of complaints, and instead Trump now finds himself having to engage in even more damage control.

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So Close's picture

Trump is beset on all sides.  Getting rid of Comey was probably the right thing to do but and was going to be painful no matter what.

Killtruck's picture

When Politico and WaPo are both pushing the same story, you can be sure it's a lie. 

IridiumRebel's picture

But they're so non partisan! No opinion whatsoever bleeding from the page of staunch leftist democrat love...

FrozenGoodz's picture

The nervous 6:30am rants will never get old

Looney's picture

 

The REAL reason for firing Comey, besides Comey himself, is Hillary's pie-hole.

The bitch should’ve crawled into a deep hole never to be heard from again.

Instead, she kept jabbing at Trump every time she could. What a dumb fucking cunt!  ;-)

Looney

tmosley's picture

Peanutz can't be reasoned with, and you sure can't work with them. Fire them all, and ignore the complaints by the elected ones. They will leave in their own time.

Clinteastwood's picture

Why doesn't CNN just get a judge in the 9th circuit to reverse Trump's firing Comey? Seems like that would be all happy.

jcaz's picture

The twat was out giving a fluff speech at the moment he was fired-  which seems to be all this guy ever did.

Comey being canned for not doing his job seems to be a pretty simple basis...

FKostanza's picture

This won't end till the Orange One is in an orange suit. 100% this ass clown is already shackled and doesn't realize it.

NoDebt's picture

Bill Clinton fired his FBI director (Bill Sessions) 6 months into his first term, so it's not like this has never been done.

Oh, and the Rapist In Chief gave the same reasoning as Trump- the director had lost the ability to effectively lead the agency.

Different circumstances, of course, but amazing similarity.  Yet you might think we've been thrown into a Constitutional crisis when Trump does it.

Fuck it.  If Trump has pissed off this many people by firing Comey it probably means it was the right thing to do.

 

 

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

 

Damn.....this is getting fun!

 

This is better than the election........which was pretty damn fun.

NugginFuts's picture

Hey if sacking the head of the FBI is such a great way to make an investigation go away, how long until he sacks the head of the IRS?

Tarzan's picture

Who conspired to influence the election most?

Comey?

Russians?

Tarzan's picture

If you understand leverage, Lucaferians power to compromise and control key people, to influence large groups with a few key appointments, then you grasp how removing people at key positions can upset the applecart.

Comey was running cover for the Oligarchs. 

Number one reason for his firing, among many, was his unwillingness to investigate the unmasking of Americans, and leaking to the press.  Nobody at the FBI even asked Yates about the leak, really?

It's clear as day that Comey was not interested in discovering who leaked this to the press.  Something big is being covered up.  Flynn was hired by Obama, then fired, rehired by Trump, then fired again.  That's weird as hell

I suspect Flynn is the fall guy.  He was besmirched by those who wanted to invent a Russian connection to Trump.  They did it by unmasking a routine meeting with the Russian Ambassador, a meeting nearly all of these bastards in DC have had. 

Now, with their pants on fire, they're frantically trying to create a national interest, other then political football, for the unmaskings.  So they have to make Flynn a danger to the country.  He may have been blackmailed, they say.  It's bullshit. 

They most likely wanted him out, for the same reason Obama fired him.  Obama went to Trump and warned him not to hire Flynn, somebody didn't want him in the White House!  He likely wasn't a deep state team player, and Trump was fooled into firing him.

Remember, leaking the unmasking is a secondary crime to the original.  The real crime was unmasking for political football, without a national interest.

Whoever leaked the unmasking to the press is likely shaking in their slippers right now!  Because that person was likely the same person who originally asked for the unmasking, without a legit purpose, a felony.

So they're desperate to make Flynn out to be a Russian spy, a candidate for legitimately being unmasked

Kotzbomber747's picture

"He sent his longtime private security guard to deliver the termination letter in a manila folder to FBI headquarters"

So that security guard is at least 70 years old?

billwilson2's picture

IMPEACH

RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA

Gregor Samsa's picture

Mark it: the sheeple are currently being conditioned to accept this very thing. It's the old adage that if you repeat a lie enough, it becomes truth.

PrayingMantis's picture

 

... just the way I see it ...

... comey can change colors as fast as you can say 'fucking lizard' ... he's a lonely con artist, apparently an FBI loner who has no friends in the bureau, with a troubled past (was locked up and held at gunpoint as a teen by a high-profile serial criminal so-called "Ramsey Rapist") ... and can blend in with whatever environment he was, or still is, in ... whether democrat or republican, comey could easily change his colored spots ... comey was a "registered republican" when he was a Deputy Special Counsel on the Senate Whitewater Committee and had to save the Klingons, sorry the Klintons back then when he knew Therapist Bill and the Hilarious One were as corrupt as then up till the present day ... there, comey dug into allegations that the Klintons took part in a fraud connected to an Arkansas real estate venture (with Klinton's buddies) gone bust. Knowing full well that the Klintons were guilty much like the stain on Lewinsky's dress, no charges were ever brought against either Klingons ... which made the Klintons beholden to the chameleon which in turn gave comey chameleon all the push he needed for his ultimate objective ... to be top cop with the FBI ... and was overwhelmingly confirmed with a vote of 93-1 with Rand Paul as the lone holdout ... from this, you could see comey's totally Deep Swamp ...

... comey, then a federal prosecutor, "took over" an investigation into Therapist Bill's 2001 pardon of financier Marc Rich, who had been indicted on a laundry list of charges before fleeing the country. The unusual "pardon" set off a political bruhaha focused on accusations that Rich's ex-wife Denise made untold donations to the DemocRATic Party, the Klingon Library and the Hilarious One's 2000 Senate campaign as part of a plan to get Rich off the hook ... and comey, the ultimate chameleon decided not to pursue the case right after he "took over" the case from another prosecutor ... hmmm ....  And btw, the kicker is, comey himself had overseen Rich's prosecution between 1987 and 1993 ... isn't that too convenient?

... comey was in-charge of the key "choke-points" in the decision to not hold the Hilarious one accountable for what so many before her have received convictions for. What many are not aware of is the political and organizational links between the Hilarious One and comey Chameleon behind the curtain of international high finance. And that's why the chameleon changed colors that he was not only "top cop" of the FBI (whose job was to collect evidence), he also "pretended" to be the "prosecutor" when he "usurped" the power of the DOJ by unabashedly announcing a "no indictment" decision for the Hilarious One that she was only very "careless" about her servers containing "highly-classified" materials ...

... the chameleon has a long history of cases ending favorably to the Klingons, including the case of one, Sandy Berger, a former Klingon Administration aid. During the Berger probe, comey said publicly that ‘we take issues of classified information very seriously’ <nudge, wink>, all the while seemingly undermining the scope of the investigation which presumably was done to protect the Klinton Krime Kartel.  Curiously, Berger, Lynch and Cheryl Mills all worked as partners in the Washington law firm Hogan & Hartson, (Hogan's Heroes) which prepared tax returns for the Klingons and did patent work for a software firm that played a role in the private email server the Hilarious One used when she was S.o.S. ... you all know about the Klingons connections with the (Hogan's Heroes) Lynch and her mob Cheryl Mills ...

... comey was senior VP at Lockheed Martin which, undoubtedly, puts him within the ranks of the MIC and/or Deep Swamp ...

... When lifestyle guru Martha Stewart was indicted in 2003 on a series of charges connected to a dodgy 2000 stock deal, it was comey who brought the made-up charges about some-kind-of "lying" ... a clear case of the "pot" and the "kettle" storyline ... Martha's big problem wasn't the stock deal ... with all her million$ or even billion$ stashed away, she didn't "donate" anything to any "worthwhile" political causes or political parties ... and that might have eased in the made-up "lying" charges ... if only Martha had shared a portion of her Martha Stewart loot with the Klingons, the Hilarious One might even take a breather from her "carpet-munching" dalliances with Huma and give Martha her blessings (get out of jail free card) ...

... comey was board member of HSBC ... this is the Klinton Foundation & Drug Cartel's ‘bank of choice’ ... imagine that, a director and board member of HSBC, which is tightly connected to the Klinton Kartel Foundation ... https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/10/hillary-clinton-foundation-donors-hsbc-swiss-bank
“Clinton foundation received up to $81m from clients of controversial HSBC bank”

https://www.clintonfoundation.org/search/node/HSBC

... It’s like a revolving door of money and special projects that the bank and the Klinton Foundation were involved in.

... This is the same HSBC that was accused of laundering drug cartel money, and was heavily involved in the LIBOR scandal, and who knows what else, and all the while, the chameleon was part of the HSBC bank's senior leadership ... and comey dodged the bullet on this money laundering scandal too ... (btw, HSBC used to be known as HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) HSBC's banking power "laundering millions of dollars for drug lords and gangs including Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel. A drug cartel suspected of killing at least 10,000 people within the past 10 years. With that, they washed money for terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, Russian mobs, assisted countries like Iran, Sudan and North Korea to avoid sanctions, and helping too many people hide their cash from taxes." >>> https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/mgt4880hsbc/  ... and the Chameleon was part and parcel to these events as director and board member of HSBc ...

hence, comey chameleon ... he can change colors any which way the script calls ...

... what's the end game for the chameleon? ... I could see a book deal and if comey decides to come clean, there would be plenty of crashed careers among the swamp's denizens ...

 

;)

 

RiverRoad's picture

Comey tried to play both sides.  Fatal.

mary mary's picture

Could be.

We just watched "Wolf Hall", about Henry 8 and Anne Boleyn and Cromwell (not THE Cromwell).  Cromwell always knew who his boss was, Henry 8, and never strayed a millimeter.  He might advise others that what they were about to do would incur Henry 8's wrath, but he would always get done what Henry 8 said he wanted done.

Comey was a political appointee, as is every FBI Director.  Political appointees have one boss, and only one boss.  They cannot play both sides.  They can either get done what they know the boss wants done, or they can resign.  Period.  The British seem (or, at least, seemed) to understand this.  I don't know why American bureaucrats don't.  It works for all parties.

Ghordius's picture

+1 and... I tend to nod to the gist out of "Politico": the media is being fed

tc06rtw's picture

   
 …  The  REAL  reason he got fired:
   
 People were tweeting Comey has bigger jowls.
   

fleur de lis's picture

Comey knows where all the bodies are buried -- which means he knows way too much for his own good. 

He had better put pen to paper and hide the info in several safe locations as insurance.

He was a fool to play with the Clintons in the first place.

Clinton = poison.

RiverRoad's picture

Definitely in danger of waking up deader 'n a doornail.

JSBach1's picture

Agreed. However, the media is always fed, sort-of-speak, on both sides. What is more, as was made poignantly clear over the last few months, is that two outlets take the lead every time, after a brainstorming session, and spread the same narrative around, with ever so slightly varying nuances, yet with a common overall theme; the caveat being, that the outlets leading-the-charge take turns, like musical chairs when the music stops are the players in question frozen into position, the most recent case being Politico and WaPo.

Whether it's NYT, WaPo, Politico, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, et al does not matter, it is their "connections" to the purveyors of these narrative, which counts in the final analysis, and thereby their access to the "narratives".

RiverRoad's picture

Comey was whistlin' past the graveyard and fell in his own grave.

mc888's picture

Great post, with one exception. It's disparaging to Klingons everywhere - whose space you temporarily occupy.

;)

Zorba&#039;s idea's picture

Well, that pretty much sums up how the "Swamp folks operate". Shear unadulterated fuckery.

fishpoem's picture

Hey, Mantis, you snatched that cockroach right off his leaf. Nice piece of work! The only question left is: why the fuck don't we hear ANY of this from the other insects in the MSM jungle? Seriously, the Beltway isn't a "swamp" anymore. It's a La Brea tar pit for Truth. Once trapped, Truth struggles, dies, disappears without a trace.

Gorgeous's picture

The chameleon game works while there are two sides to play against each other.  Without Trump providing protection, and having "cost HRC the election", so claimed, I think Comey's health will rapidly deteriorate. 

 

chiquita's picture

HSBC used to be known as HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) HSBC's banking power "laundering millions of dollars for drug lords and gangs including Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.

While we're making all these Comey connections and enumerating his failures as FBI director, let's connect his association with HSBC and their connection with the Mexican drug cartels and where the guns from the Fast and Furious fiasco ended up.  Comey failed to do anything towards investigating Holder's complete fuck up on that little scandal.

Somebody should list the number of things he failed to properly investigate besides the crime of unmasking that was perpetrated again Flynn, as well as the Clinton crap.  Russia is totally smoke and mirrors.  The more the media and Dems say "Russia", the more you know it's a complete lie.


thenameismendy's picture

Show us the evidence, evidence, evidence

thenameismendy's picture

Show us the evidence, evidence, evidence

 

Got The Wrong No's picture

The Paid Puke Trolls are making Asses out of themselves yet again. 

trillion_dollar_deficit's picture

Excellent post. 

Add to it the fact (as reported today) that ODNI underestimated the number of people unmasked last year by 400%. FOUR HUNDRED PERCENT. This is the scandal. The scandal of scandals. And I think it goes very deep. Far back into the 2012 election. I suspect the upper echelons of the Obama WH were getting daily briefings on what all REP presidential candidates and their campaigns had said on the phone and online the day before. 

JSBach1's picture

There is no tangible way to even entertain the idea of cleaning the FBI without the outright dismissal on his right-hand man, decrepit McCabe. Time will tell, of course, where this is headed...

auricle's picture

Litmus for the next FBI director, will you find and prosecute some moles so that the leaking stops. Someone is getting thrown under the bus. 

Zorba&#039;s idea's picture

Thanks Tarzan, a cogent summation of the "UnMaskgate"

Gorgeous's picture

"I suspect Flynn is the fall guy."

Probably right.  Why did they want Flynn out of the NSC so bad as to start all this unmasking?  Just to embarrass Trump politically?  Doubt it.    Flynn was head of Intel under Gen. Stanley McChrystal who was NO fan of Obamanoid.  At the DIA, Flynn clashed with Brennan at CIA, Clapper at DNI, and Under SecDef for Intel Vickers, also former CIA.  He was outspoken and disruptive - and he would know things.  This combination makes as good a place to start unraveling the real story as any.

thebigunit's picture

Interesting.

There was an earlier theory that Flynn was not intended by Trump to serve as National Security Director, but was only nominated as NSD as part of a stratagem to smoke out leakers in the Intelligence Community.

Trump's "firing" of Flynn for "lying" to Pence (NOT a crime) was a charade.  He was "disengaged" because he had fulfilled his purpose.

The story is still being written, but I think that at the end of the day we might discover that Comey was the "Deep Throat" that was leaking to the press.  When Trump became convinced of this, he fired Comey IMMEDIATELY so he could not go back to his office to "clean up things".

Recall that during Watergate, "Deep Throat" turned out to be the Associate Director of the FBI.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Throat_(Watergate)

 

 

ScotlandTheBrave's picture

Good analysis.  Also when John McCain opens his big lying fat trap denouncing The Predient pink slipping Comey...you know the pedo-elite just lost a compromised high-level water carrier.

Is-Be's picture

Whoever leaked the unmasking to the press is likely shaking in their slippers right now!  Because that person was likely the same person who originally asked for the unmasking, without a legit purpose, a felony.

You assume thr rule of Law?

Your naïveté becomes you.

Velocitor's picture

Except it doesn't make investigations go away. 

A_V's picture

Several of these so called investigations are highly orchestrated Charles to cover up the real crimes.

MrBoompi's picture

It seemed obvious to me Clinton and others mishandled classified information.   It also seems like there was plenty of smoke, more than enough to assume a fire, when it came to bribery and influence peddling through the Clinton Foundation.  And on the other hand, all of the Russian accusations seem to be nothing but crap.  If all of this isn't enough to get rid of Comey I don't know what is.  

Is-Be's picture

There's an ongoing investigation as to why the moon is made of green cheese.