FBI Director James Comey has managed to antagonize virtually everyone in Washington over the last year: publicly exonerating Hillary Clinton last summer, then publicly announcing that the case was being reopened, just before the election, pursuing the Trump campaign’s links to Russia. He was no one’s friend. There is merit to the ostensible reason for the firing: that it was not his call to decide whether or not to prosecute Clinton; rather, that was up to the Attorney General. So Trump is on solid ground in firing him for that reason.
Democrats are right to be concerned that his dismissal will allow Trump and the GOP majority in the Senate to appoint a more politically pliable director who will quietly scuttle the Russia investigation.
And yet Democrats are right to be concerned that his dismissal will allow Trump and the GOP majority in the Senate to appoint a more politically pliable director who will quietly scuttle the Russia investigation. That was almost certainly the real reason Comey was fired. There clearly was something happening between key campaign advisers and Russian intelligence agencies: we know about Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, who were senior advisers to Trump during the campaign, even if they were subsequently fitted with concrete boots and dumped over the side.
What else is there to find out? Without Comey to protect the investigation, we may never know. But it is certainly conceivable that there was actual coordination with the intelligence agencies that were hacking Clinton’s campaign and sending the files to Wikileaks. It is a frail hope that there are a few Republican senators with enough integrity to block what looks like a coverup by what is perhaps the most corrupt administration since Warren Harding.