|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: