It’s an unprecedented series of events: The Republican FBI director has come forward to publicly call the sitting President of the United States a liar and has called on the Department of Justice to prove it.
This just doesn’t happen. The FBI, the DOJ and the executive branch typically work in unison in order for the government to operate with mutual respect and efficiency. Trump’s delusional meltdowns have severed that tradition. He’s completely lost control.
FBI director James Comey is reportedly furious that Trump is lying about President Obama wiretapping Trump Tower, not just because it’s a straightforward lie but also it suggests the FBI is involved in criminal activity. He called on the Department of Justice to correct the record – which so far, under Trump fanatic Jeff Sessions, has fallen on deaf ears.
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.
The New York Times also explained why Comey’s call out of Trump is historic.
Mr. Comey’s request is a remarkable rebuke of a sitting president, putting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the position of questioning Mr. Trump’s truthfulness. The situation underscores the high stakes of what the president and his aides have unleashed by accusing the former president of a conspiracy to undermine Mr. Trump’s young administration.
Trump won’t be able to claim Comey is a partisan liberal out to get him. The FBI director, a lifelong Republican, came under fire weeks before the election for actually helping Trump by misleadingly releasing bad information on Hillary Clinton while deliberately withholding incriminating information on Trump’s connections to Russia. He’s no Democratic hack. But now he seems to be aware that Trump and his deranged behavior is a threat to the nation.
The current president, in a manic rage fueled with paranoia and jealousy of Obama’s popularity, openly accused his predecessor of illegally spying on him during the election – an allegation that, if true, would be one of the biggest scandals in United States history. However, all evidence suggests it’s not true. And in fact, Trump got this conspiracy from several right-wing discredited websites including white nationalist publication Brietbart. When reporters and politicians have asked for more proof, Trump has refused to provide a shred of evidence.
In order to save face, Trump is now calling for a full investigation into this conspiracy he fabricated. Meanwhile, he continues to deny the very real evidence that many of his own campaign staffers met with and perhaps even coordinated with Russian officials to swing the election in his favor.
Truly a Russian nesting doll of idiocy, paranoia, malfeasance, and more idiocy.
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