Trump’s decision to fire the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (F.B.I.), James Comey, overnight has seen his administration scrambling to defend a litany of speeches and tweets which exhibited Trump’s support for Comey.
In the dismissal letter to Comey, Trump explained that he did not believe Comey effective enough to lead the F.B.I., and considered it “essential [to] find new leadership for the F.B.I. that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.”
The water becomes incredibly murky when considering why Comey was fired. Many critics see the dismissal as evidence of the administration’s efforts to cover up their involvement with Russia pre-election. The New York Times highlighted the duplicity of the dismissal – “Mr Trump explained the firing by citing Mr Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, even though the president was widely seen to have benefited politically from that inquiry and had once praised Mr Comey for having “guts” in his pursuit of Mrs Clinton during the campaign.”
Adding to the chaos is the knowledge that Comey was notified of his dismissal via a television screen, and initially thought it was a prank.
Even well-known Comey hater, Edward Snowden, has come out in support of the Director, urging the American public to recognise the severity of the implications.
“This F.B.I. Director” Snowden said, “has sought for years to jail me on account of my political activities. If I can oppose his firing, so can you.”
Anderson Cooper spoke to Kellyanne Conway about how the public can be expected to separate Trump’s ardent support of Comey during his campaign, from the dismissal he actioned this morning.
As always, Kellyanne Conway attempted to shift the discussion as well as the blame. Anderson Cooper gave into the impulse his audience had and rolled his eyes and this. daaaamn. administration.
The full video is here, but here’s a snippet of the eye roll.