John Podesta, Hillary's former campaign manager and the target of one of the most devastating/embarrassing political email leaks of all time, sat down with Politico for a one-hour interview which served primarily to confirm that he's still a sore loser who has simply not come to terms with the fact that he backed a flawed candidate in 2016.
One of the many topics covered was Trump's recent firing of Jim Comey. On this issue, Podesta seems to be in the 'Comey was completely incompetent but Trump shouldn't have fired him' camp...which is a position that seemingly only makes sense to John Podesta and Maxine Waters. Per Politico:
“It’s laughable, really laughable that Donald Trump would fire Jim Comey because of his interference which damaged Hillary Clinton. I mean, it was laughable from the very beginning,” Podesta says. “Just a complete misreading of reality.”
Like Clinton, Podesta remains adamant that Comey’s late intervention in last year’s campaign—he reopened the closed probe of Clinton’s private email server just 11 days before the voting—likely cost her the presidency. But he thinks Trump mistook their criticism of Comey for a blank check to fire the director amid the current Trump-related probe. “I still think what Jim Comey did last fall was wrong,” Podesta says, “but he shouldn’t have been fired, given the circumstances that he was leading this investigation.”
Of course, attributes like 'consistency' and 'logic' are seemingly not held in high regard by Podesta. Take the following two tweets sent within 7 hours of each other by Podesta on May 9th. The first tweet blasts Comey for his apparent incompetence...
The American public is getting mildly nauseous listening to Jim Comey https://t.co/fiE9zaT0x0— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) May 9, 2017
...and the next, less than 7 hours later, defends him against his wrongful termination.
Meanwhile, even Podesta admits that calls for Trump's impeachment are far-fetched saying that the firing of Comey was "close to an obstruction case," though not quite.
Ultimately it’s Trump’s fault and not the staff’s, Podesta says, arguing the last couple weeks have proven that Trump is “incapable of doing the job.” Podesta says he believes the new revelations, with Trump linking the firing to the Russia case, amount to “close to an obstruction case, either in the political context of impeachment, or in the context of a criminal grand jury investigation to indict somebody for obstruction.”
But even though he's not necessarily impeachable, Podesta would like for you to know that Trump is "absolutely crazy" and "unfit for office." Frankly, we're 'shocked' he feels that way.
Donald Trump is “unfit for office,” a president whose actions are often “absolutely crazy” and whose White House has “a complete disregard for the truth.” His firing of James Comey as the FBI director was overseeing an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign and whether Trump’s advisers colluded with it amounts to “close to an obstruction case” against the president.
“The problem in the Trump White House is they have no one who really stands up to him,” Podesta says. “He’s impetuous, he’s impulsive, he fires things off and if anything, they enable him rather than trying to contain what are moves that in any other context would seem, you know, absolutely crazy. … If they’re going to try to right this place and be able to be effective, I think they need a much stronger team who can resist his impulses and tell him that he’s wrong.”
“It’s hard to imagine how this keeps going for an entire presidential term,” Podesta replied, noting that unlike Nixon, Trump benefits from the protective cocoon of a Republican Congress. “Right now, there’s nothing that compels him to leave. So, we’ll just, you know, it’ll unfold as it unfolds. But every day, there’s kind of new fodder for thinking that he can’t do this job.”
You can listen to the full interview here: