As you may be aware, President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey.
Oh my, what a shock! Stop the presses! Donald Trump has fired someone!
First of all the FBI is part of the Justice Department, which is under the direct control of the Executive Branch (the President), which means he has absolute discretion as to who works there. As the top executive he (the President) can fire ANYONE in this branch of government. He does not need permission from the Congress, the Democrats, the Republicans or anyone else. The President does not have absolute discretion on who is hired in top positions, nominees have to be approved by the Senate to be hired, but the President does not need the approval of the Senate to fire them.
Now let’s review a little recent history. President Trump has had more opposition in getting his nominees for key governmental positions through the congressional approval process than any president in recent history. Part of that approval process was the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, and consequently the Deputy Attorney General , Rod Rosenstein.
Most folks that follow politics know that Jeff Sessions was Donald Trump’s very first high profile supporter. Jeff Sessions almost immediately after being approved as Attorney General, rescued himself from any involvement in the Trump / Russia investigation. But because the Democrats in the Senate delayed the Sessions appointment as long as they possibly could, it also delayed the approval of his deputy, a certain Mr. Rod Rosenstein.
Mr. Rosenstein did not face the stonewalling and slow walk process that Jeff Sessions did. As a matter of fact he received overwhelming support in the Senate. He was approved by a vote of 94 to 6. Maybe because he served in the Justice Department in several capacities under the Clinton administration and continued to serve under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations in various high level government posts.
His appointment to Deputy Attorney General took place on April 25th, approximately three weeks ago. Many of the Democratic senators, Chuck Schemer, Dianne Feinstein, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren to name a few, all voted for his approval. And had made many positive comments on his qualifications for the position.
I point this out because it was Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, not Jeff Sessions, that wrote the memo recommending that FBI Director Comey be dismissed. Granted Attorney General Sessions attached a letter agreeing with the recommendation to the memo, that his subordinate Rosenstein wrote, before it was submitted to the President for action. Now all the Democrats mentioned in the paragraph above are claiming that this is some politically motivated move on the part of the president. If the very person that they ALL were saying, just three weeks ago, was a supremely qualified candidate to step into the shoes of the Attorney General, (who in their opinion) should distance himself from any investigation of Trump and the Russians, is recommending Comey’s removal and they now disapprove of that recommendation. Doesn’t that show the hypocrisy of the Democrats as a whole?
How much does it take for Average American Citizens to see the underhanded and double dealing motives of the Democratic party?