On his political journey to the White House, Donald J. Trump received widespread criticisms for his alleged secret bromance with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and coincidentally, Mrs. Hillary Clinton faced even worse attacks for carelessly leaking confidential documents through her email servers while serving as the US Secretary of State.
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The disgraceful sacking of FBI’s former Director, James Comey, has been described as political scapegoating, which has become a major force to reckon with in American politics.
A large number of Democrats accepted Comey’s exit but called for a continued investigation into Kremlin’s alleged interference during the last presidential elections.
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said in a statement, “Now it is more clear than ever that we need an independent commission to get to the truth of Russia’s interference with our election.”
Now more than ever, we need an independent investigation into Russian ties to ensure American people can have full confidence in findings. pic.twitter.com/bPrbDnOA4e
— Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) May 9, 2017
The controversy surrounding Comey’s can be described as fair by a group, and “a deserved punishment or an outright hate” by another.
Comey firing part of a growing pattern by White House to cover-up the truth
Social media reactions fired up as Comey’s exit from the FBI circle was described as an executive arm’s usurpation of power.
“It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission,” the president explained in his letter to Comey last Tuesday, according to an update from The Hill.
Following a widespread protest within and outside the US, Mr. Trump made claims that he decision was inspired by official recommendations from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The top government officials cited Comey’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal as a reason he was relieved of his duties.
However, political analysts found Trump’s action as strange, hasty, and a totally wrong political move.
Democrats and Republicans were left in shock, considering the recent public declaration from both Trump and Sessions, who had just showered encomiums on the sacked FBI Director a few days ago.
Comey was praised for his fearlessness through the toughest time in his career. And Rosenstein said, “We do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation.”
Rosenstein’s comment was made barely 15 days after taken over reigns from his predecessor. He favored appointee received an invitation from Chuck Schumer (a Democratic Leader) and the House Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell.
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has accepted the Majority Leader’s invitation to lead an all-Senators briefing regarding the removal of former FBI Director James Comey,” CBS News confirmed.
“The briefing will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 2:30 P.M,” read a statement from McConnell’s office, according to the update.
Schumer’s excitement knew no bounds as he gave a press briefing after Rosenstein’s acceptance speech.
The Majority Leader commended McConnell for extending an invitation to Rosenstein, who’s expected to make a presentation at a Senate hearing scheduled on 18 May.
“I hope that senators from both sides of the aisle will use this opportunity to seek the full truth regarding Director Comey’s firing, to press the Deputy Attorney General to make way for a special prosecutor, and to ensure the administration will preserve and make public any audio recordings of conversations between the President and the former director,” added Schumer.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
Although Donald Trump fired Comey barely a week ago after admitting that the move was made necessary by recommendations from the Justice Dept., Mr. President later told Lester Holt of NBC News that the decision was made long before he received instructions from the government agency.
According to the 70-year-old president, Comey was a “showboat” who lost the confidence of his colleagues and had to move on.
Media reports say Comey was treading on dangerous grounds as the head of investigations on Trump’s campaign involvement with the Russians.
“…This Russia thing with Trump and Russia… is a fabricated story,” the president said in a statement. “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.”
Comey lost his hold on power after announcing last July that the FBI was dropping all criminal charges against Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate who was nailed at the polls for using her private email to conduct government business during her time as the US Secretary of State.
Trump applied diplomacy with Comey but the effort clearly yielded no fruits.
“Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press,” the Republican wrote tweeted on 12 May even though he failed to admit his Twitter post was aimed at a possible espionage within the Oval Office.
An American envoy to the Gulf emirate since 2014, Dana Shell Smith, reacted to Comey’s controversial sacking in a Twitter post.
“Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions,” Smith wrote in the post which has been re-tweeted over two thousand times, Concise News confirmed.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 9, 2017