Did Trump Fire Comey to Sabotage Russia Investigation?

If so, it appears to be OK with Cornyn and Texas Republicans
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Donald Trump’s late afternoon firing of FBI Director James Comey in the middle of an FBI investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is nothing short of Nixonian. 
Trump’s move sent shock waves across the country.  Grave concerns are being raised that Trump is abusing his power and engaging in obstruction of justice. It’s clear that Trump may be using his power to prevent the public and law enforcement officials from knowing the full extent of his campaign’s involvement with Russian operatives.

Responsible Republicans and Democrats are speaking out and raising concerns about Trump’s abrupt firing of Comey.  It’s no surprise, however, that no Texas Republican leader in the U.S. House or U.S. Senate has shown any concern about Trump’s possible abuse of power or disdain for the rule of law.  In fact, Senator John Cornyn, who is the second ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, has been one of the earliest and most ardent defenders of Trump’s decision to fire Comey.
Both Trump’s motive and timing are suspect.  Trump bizarrely points to Comey’s mishandling of the Clinton emails as the main reason for the firing yet, throughout the campaign, Trump profusely praised Comey‘s handling of Clinton’s emails.
The most likely reason for the abrupt firing was Comey’s confirmation that the FBI is actively investigating the Trump/Russia connection in addition to the news which broke yesterday that federal grand jury subpoenas have been issued to associates of former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Influential Republicans and Democrats speak out 
As the media began to highlight a potentially extraordinary abuse of executive power by Donald Trump, members of both political parties joined together to call out Trump’s troubling move, with some even calling for an independent committee to lead the Trump/Russia investigation. Here’s what a few tweeted:
Cornyn defends Trump while other Texas Republicans hide 
Senator John Cornyn weighed in right away to defend Trump with a political tweet that looked like it had been handed off by Trump’s White House communications office.
Other Texas Republicans appear to be ducking for cover. 
Ted Cruz has so far declined to answer questions from the media.
Texas Republicans in the U.S. House are also playing the quiet game on the Comey firing.  Nearly every Texas Republican is ducking questions and staying off Twitter.  That’s no surprise.  Not long ago, only four members of the 25-member Texas House Republican delegation answered questions or provided any sort of comment as the Trump/Russia investigation began.


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