The collective outrage that happens to be emanating from America’s left in the wake of President Trump’s axing of FBI Director James Comey is all a bit much.
For months people from every corner of the American political spectrum have been calling for an end to the Comey era at the FBI and many media pundits have wondered how much longer the embattled intelligence chief could last. Then, when President Trump finally does fire him… everyone is suddenly surprised? Why? It simply makes no sense.
Many liberals (and their friends in the media) are hyperventilating about the firing being an attempt to derail an imagined investigation into the possibility of a Trump-Russia connection. These fears are ridiculous and expose the fact that many of the pundits on TV have no idea how these kinds of investigations actually work. It’s not as if Comey were actually doing any investigating on his own, and it’s not as if the next FBI Director would willingly ignore the law to pander to the President (something Comey was accused of doing by both parties with Trump and Obama). Any investigation into Russia will proceed uninterrupted because those investigators are STILL ON THE JOB.
Liberal lawyer and professor Alan Dershowitz is once again the voice of reason on the subject as he tried to educate CNN’s Don Lemon on what was actually going on in D.C.
While CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin ranted and raved about the possibility of a coverup, Dershowitz calmly reasoned with him using logic (something Toobin and host Don Lemon seem unaccustomed to).
“Should Comey be the director of the FBI? The answer to that is no,” he said, noting that he had called earlier for Comey to resign. “He lost his credibility. … A lot of this is his fault.”
Dershowitz said there were three more questions to address.
“The second question is: should it be the President of the United States who makes the decision to fire him? Not while he’s under an investigation,” Dershowitz said (though Trump is not actually under investigation, a point he stressed in firing Comey).
The third question, Dershowitz said, is “who he appoints next.” He disagreed with Toobin: “If he appoints a man or a woman of great integrity, this date will not go down … in history because we will have been proved wrong that it was some kind of a cover-up if he picks somebody who can pursue the investigation.”
Fourth, Dershowitz suggested that Congress establish an independent commission — “not a special prosecutor, there is no probable cause” — to continue the Russia investigation.
Some Democrats have even had the audacity to argue that Comey’s firing could trigger a “constitutional crisis!” Democrat Brian Schatz (D-HI) said, “We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis!”
We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) May 9, 2017
Fellow lunatic Democrats Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) agreed with Schatz’ assessment.
The problem is that none of these Democrats seem to have any idea what the Constitution actually says. How do I know? I’ll let Jacob Sullum from Reason.com explain:
Since Trump has the legal authority to dismiss the head of the FBI for a good reason, a bad reason, a transparently insincere reason, or no reason at all, talk of a constitutional crisis is more than a little premature. “Under the Constitution,” notes South Texas College of Law professor Josh Blackman, “the president has the absolute power to fire principal officers, such as Director Comey, at will. In that sense, Trump’s actions were entirely constitutional.”
When it comes to replacing Comey, of course, the Senate will have its say. If senators do their job, they will make sure that Trump does not appoint a toady who will quietly kill the FBI’s investigation of possible ties between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government. Were Trump to insist that his nominee take over the FBI without Senate approval, that would look more like a constitutional crisis. But so far the process is working as the Constitution prescribes.
Under the Constitution, President Trump has the authority to fire the FBI Director for any reason, at any time. Meaning, his firing of Comey is literally the opposite of a Constitutional Crisis… it’s actually prescribed by the Constitution.
Don’t buy the Democrat hype, and don’t believe the media fear mongers. These two groups continue to gin up falsehood after falsehood in an attempt to drive the American public into a fit of fear-induced rage. Don’t fall prey to their trap, instead let’s hold them accountable for their constant fear mongering.